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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Be Ready: Hurricane season 2015

Hurricane flooding

Hurricanes can bring a number of potential problems, one of which is substantial flooding. Take steps now to be prepared.

By Erin Curran, Public Affairs Specialist
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina has once again been named the top North American destination by Travel + Leisure magazine's "World's Best Awards." The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is proud to be located in such a beautiful city and while there are many perks to the east coast location, there are some seasonal safeguards that must be taken due to the geography.

"During hurricane season, the best thing our Veteran patients and employees can do is to make sure their home is secure," said Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Emergency Manager, Charlie Tupper. "Home preparedness is key."

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and ends November 30, so it is officially that time of year to be prepared for a storm-related emergency. One key precaution to take is establishing a family emergency contact—someone far enough away that wouldn't be affected by the same storm. This contact can serve as the point person for all family members to call if separation occurs during an evacuation.

Additionally, each household should prepare a survival kit with basic supplies, including, but not limited to: bottled water, non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra supply of prescription medications, first aid kit, and a change of clothes. It is recommended by Weather Underground that your kit have enough supplies to last your household at least three days, since it could be a while before a safe evacuation can occur or emergency personnel are able to reach you.

"It's just like when service members deploy, they want to ensure that things back at home are as safe as possible," said Tupper. "Mitigating what can go wrong gives our Veterans and employees piece of mind during weather emergencies. Things like securing lawn furniture and including items for your pets in the survival kit can be some of the items that get missed on the checklist for preparedness."

For additional information on how to stay prepared during hurricane season visit the National Hurricane Center's website, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php or www.ready.gov to learn about preparation for all weather emergencies.

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