Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5, which has sustained wind speeds greater than 136 knots (157 mph; 252 km/h). The latest storm track reveals that it is forecast to reach the Straits of Florida by 1am CDT on Sunday (September 10). The National Hurricane Center has told Americans along hurricane-prone parts of the coast to get an evacuation plan in place.
In developing an evacuation plan, the following should be considered:
- How are you getting to the evacuation hotel?
- Do they accept pets?
- Who else can reach you in case your cell phone dies?
- How are you going to pay for expenses?
- What are you going to take with you?
- How will you secure your home?
- Without power, you are going to be consuming more water, therefore, it is recommended to have 100 ounces of clean water per person per day with regards to planning.
- Non-perishable food is the best to purchase
- Once the power goes out, a freezer can last 72-96 hours if it is not opened before the food spoils. Once it is opened, eat or dispose of everything in it in a timely manner.
For port users, please check with your local Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) for status of Port Condition (PORTCON). For example, COTP Key West has ordered PORTCON WHISKEY to be set at 8:00 PM, September 5 for the COTP Zone Key West, FL. Some actions, which waterfront facilities, should take include:
- Remove all debris and secure potential flying hazards.
- Take due diligence to prepare for potential storm impacts.
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- Incident Commanders
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- Staging Area Management
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