Thursday, September 2, 2010

MEMA guidlines for Hurricane Earl

Somerville is battening down the hatches in preparation for Hurricane Earl. All precautions are being taken with the Public Safety Building, Capuano School and other public buildings that sustained damage in last July’s flash flood. Mayor Curtatone has also joined Governor Patrick in advising residents to make preparations for the storm. MEMA has released guidelines, which can be found below.

•Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
•Clear clogged rain gutters. Hurricanes/tropical storms often bring torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
•Bring in outdoor items to bring inside such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.
•Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
•Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
•Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
•Keep you vehicles fully fuelled.
•Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
•Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
•Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
•Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.
•Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain

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