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It’s Hurricane Season. Are You Ready?

Although grilling season is already underway, according to the calendar, summer in the Northern Hemisphere won’t start until the Summer Solstice on June 21. Unfortunately, as spring winds to a close for the year, hurricane season is only starting! But preparedness is the best defense to this, so it’s time to ask the question we ask our customers every year: Are you ready?

Hurricane Seasons

Atlantic: June 1 – November 30

Eastern Pacific: May 15 – November 30

Hurricane warning symbol

Be Prepared

The Ready Campaign is a national public service campaign that has worked to promote preparedness through public involvement since February 2003. The campaign asks the American people to do four things to help ensure that they will be prepared before disaster strikes:

  1. Stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur where you live and learn how to respond to them appropriately.
  2. Make a family emergency plan.
  3. Build an emergency supply kit.
  4. Get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

Build or Update Your Emergency Kit with Supplies from Your Commissary!

If you don’t have an emergency kit, it’s important to build one! And even if you have one already, it’s important to check it every year and update it as needed. You can learn more about what products to include in your kit by visiting the Build A Kit page on the Ready.gov website.

  • Airtight bags
  • All-weather, heavy-duty shipping & duct tape
  • Batteries
  • Beef jerky & other assorted meat snacks
  • Canned goods
  • Cereals
  • First aid kits
  • Hand sanitizer & antibacterial wipes
  • Lighters, matches, lanterns & candles
  • Powdered milk
  • Soup & chili mixes
  • Weather-ready flashlights

“No one can predict or control the future, but you can best believe [that the] storms will come! What you can control is [how prepared you are and] how much of your pay you’ll save [preparing] by using Your Commissary.”

-CSM Tomeka O’Neal, Senior Enlisted Advisor to DeCA’s Director

Check out these tips from Ready.gov and FEMA to learn more about how to prepare for and respond to a hurricane. (Some tips are also helpful for other types of natural disasters.)

Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings. #HurricanePrepDebit cards won't work during a power outage. Include extra money in your emergency kit. #BeInformedHave an evacuation plan in place. #HurricanePrepRely on public transportation? Get local evacuation procedures in advance! #BeInformedHave a family communication plan, know what to do. #HurricanePrepFill up your car's gas tank and keep cash on hand. #HurricanePrepNever attempt to drive on or through a flooded road. #BeInformedHurricane winds often lead to power outages. Store enough supplies and water for three days. #BeInformedAlways have different ways to get informed during an emergency. #BeInformedFollow the advice of local officials. #HurricanePrepIn an emergency, make sure to text, not call, your loved ones. #BeInformed

Obviously, some kinds of severe weather and other disasters are more likely to impact some areas than others, so it’s important to know what kinds of threats are most likely to impact where you live. You can learn more about a variety of threats and how to prepare for them on Ready.gov’s Be Informed page.

Will you be shopping at Your Commissary to help build or update? your emergency kit? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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