Tracking Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is the main concern in the Atlantic basin at this particular time. Predicting which path she will take is difficult at this time, as models keep changing as she moves through the Atlantic. Hurricane preparation should be taken in advance, regardless of which path Irma takes. The National Hurricane Center has been issuing advisories for parts of the coast, in addition to issuing updated models. The ONLY weather site you should be following is The National Hurricane Center (NOAA). There are a lot of fake forecasts that are floating around social media and are causing panic for many residents on the East Coast.


What steps should you take to prepare in case of a hurricane?

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and the wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings. Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.

Keep a list of contact information for reference.

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Emergency Management Offices
County Law Enforcement
County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
State, County and City/Town Government
Local Hospitals
Local Utilities
Local American Red Cross
Local TV Stations
Local Radio Stations
Your Property Insurance Agent

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?  Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food


Prescription medications
Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
Glasses and contact lens solution
Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Cash or traveler’s checks
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
Fire extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, activities for children
cell phone charger or battery pack
NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries

Keep all canned food, in a cool, dry place. Store boxed food in an air tight, waterproof container. Replace any expired items as needed (if you already have a kit together).

To stay up to date with Irma, visit:

We will continue to monitor Irma and issue any updated models that the NHC issues.


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