𝐓𝐈𝐏𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐔𝐒𝐄 𝐍𝐄𝐗𝐓𝐃𝐎𝐎𝐑 𝐃𝐔𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐀 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑
👉🏽 For the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center, go to
👉 To find trusted information from local public agencies on Nextdoor, go to
🔎 When searching for information, search for commonly used terms such as evacuation orders, road closures, supplies, gasoline, and shelter.
🌀 Do you need help or want to offer your neighbors a helping hand? Post to YOUR neighborhood's Nextdoor newsfeed by clicking the following link and typing in what you need help with or how you can help -
- Select "Your neighborhood" or "Nearby neighborhoods" to reach the neighbors closest to you. To find out what is happening locally, see https://nextdoor.com/
🙋 Remember that some of your neighbors may need help. You can help them prepare, for example, by running errands, securing outdoor items, clearing drains, filling and placing sandbags, or installing hurricane shutters.
🛣️ During an evacuation, some neighbors may also need a ride; knock on their doors and post to Nextdoor with your offer. Check https://mass511.com/for traffic conditions.
📱 For the best experience, use the Nextdoor app or install it if it is not on your phone.
✅ Invite your neighbors to join Nextdoor so everyone can share updates and resources and ask for an offer to help.
𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐃𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐓𝐈𝐏𝐒: 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞
📻 Get a NOAA Weather Radio with battery backup.
📱 Download a weather app.
⚠️ Enable Wireless Emergency Alerts on your phone.
📺 Tune in to local media .
🧑🤝🧑 Communicate with neighbors, family and friends.
Charge your phone, devices, and portable chargers.
💧 Store at least one gallon of water per person for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.
🥫 Purchase non-perishable foods for each person to last at least three days.
💊 Ensure everyone has the medications they need and keep copies of prescriptions.
🐶 Make sure you have food, water, and medications for pets.
🧒 Have games and toys children enjoy readily available in your supplies.
🌬️ Bring in all outdoor items that could become a projectile.
𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 & I𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞
📷 Take photos of your possessions or store digital copies of essential documents in the cloud (furniture, electronics, heating and cooling systems, valuables, etc.)
✅ Check your insurance declarations and talk with your agent about your needs each year.
🌊 Consider getting flood insurance for your home, as homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding.
💩 Consider sewer backup insurance, which covers damages from sewage in your bathtub, toilet, basement, or anywhere else in your home. Please note you cannot change or add insurance once a weather watch or warning is issued.
𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐧 E𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 P𝐥𝐚𝐧
⤵️ If you live in low-lying areas susceptible to flooding and storms, you must know in which evacuation zone you live should an evacuation order be issued
🛣️ Identify several ways to evacuate your neighborhood and town/city
📱 Post to Nextdoor or knock on doors to ask for help or identify nearby neighbors who need help evacuating in an emergency and make an agreement with them to help or be helped. Be sure to exchange contact information
𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 C𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 P𝐥𝐚𝐧
#️⃣ Ensure everyone in your family/household has each other's phone numbers saved in their phones.
🙏 Identify out-of-town contacts and store their numbers on everyone's phones.
🎯 Determine where everyone will meet, should you get separated, and make sure everyone stores the address and any contact information in their phones.
💬 Texting is best during emergencies, as phone lines may be tied up.
𝐈𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 P𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 G𝐨𝐞𝐬 O𝐮𝐭
🚫 Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with an open garage door
✅ Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas at least 7 metres from all doors, windows, and vent openings
✅ Place generators so exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. Direct exhaust away from your home.
✅ Make sure you have battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) or plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup
🚫 Do not fuel your generator when running, as spilling petrol on a hot engine can cause a fire. Also, connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
🚫 Do not stand or sit downwind of the generator exhaust; if you can smell exhaust, you inhale it. Exhaust is toxic and deadly.
🚫 Do not back-feed the generator by plugging it into an outlet; this is dangerous and can seriously injure or kill line workers.
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Post Source: Joseph and the Nextdoor team
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