Jun 12 2015
June marks the start of summer – a time when Delawareans and folks from across the country flock to our state's pristine 5-star beaches and outdoor spaces. As we prepare to enjoy all that summer has to offer, it's important to remember that June also marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Delawareans have witnessed first-hand how destructive severe tropical weather can be. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy, forced evacuations across the state and inflicted tens of billions of dollars in damage to our neighboring communities along the East Coast. Superstorm Sandy reminded us of the threats associated with living in the lowest-lying coastal state – and why it’s so important that we prepare for hurricane-related hazards.
In Delaware, even communities miles inland from the coast can experience the threat of powerful winds, rainfall and flooding when hurricanes or severe storms hit. Here are some tips to remember during hurricane season:
Prepare. Learn more about the potential hurricane-related hazards in your area from wind, rainfall and flooding. Assess potential flooding risks nearby and learn accessible evacuation routes for your family and community.
Plan. Talk to your family and strategize methods of communication, transportation, and shelter for potential disasters. Maintain a supply kit that includes water, food, flashlights, batteries, and other materials that you and your family will need if you lose electricity.
Stay Informed. Familiarize yourself with the risks that coincide with tropical storm systems and learn terms to help identify hazardous situations; like storm surge, wind-scale or short-term watches and warnings. Stay current on weather reports and sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile device.
I hope that you, your family and your friends stay safe and enjoy the start of summer. For more information on hurricane preparedness, check out www.ready.gov/hurricanes. Please do not hesitate to contact me through email, on Twitter @SenatorCarper, or on Facebook.