Staying Storm-Safe: Online information resources for Hurricane Irma ’17
As of this writing (Friday, 9/8/2017), Hurricane Irma appears on track to make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. The storm has already left extraordinary damage in its wake as it has swept through the Caribbean. As in any emergency situation, accurate information is one of our most valuable life-saving tools, so GAF has pulled together the following links to help you and your family remain as informed as possible before, during, and after the storm.
Live updates from the National Hurricane Center (from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization — NOAA): http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma
Know your zone:
South Carolina: http://www.scemd.org/
North Carolina: https://readync.org/EN/Index.html
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Ready.gov offers numerous hurricane resources, including a family communication plan: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Find open shelters via the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter
You can search for open shelters in your area by texting SHELTER and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex.: SHELTER 01234 (message and data rates may apply).
For information on protecting your pets from the hurricane, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/US/floridians-protect-pets-ahead-hurricane-irma/story?id=49651563
Will phones work during and after the storm? Read this from the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article171637092.html