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Hurricaine Preparedness Tips

June 1 is the official start of the hurricane weather season. All residents of Hurricane prone areas should do these things:

  • Get a kit
  • Make a family emergency plan
  • Be informed

Learn more about preparedness at the website.

Everyday EMS Tips for emergency responders that live and work in Hurricane prone areas:

  • Make sure you and your family are ready. You will be less ready and likely to assist others if you are not prepared to leave your family.
  • Respond to hurricane damaged areas only when requested. Free lancing increases the risk and danger for you and others.
  • Work within the Inicident Management System. Complete the duties assigned to you by your supervisor.
  • Always select and use the proper PPE to protect yourself
  • Recognize and understand a wide range of hazards to your safety, such as downed electrical lines, flooded roads, moving water, contaminated water, unstable buildings and surfaces, and more.

If you live in a hurricane prone area how does your department prepare for hurricane season?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.