As Florida prepares for another hurricane season, the City of Belleview reminds you to stay safe and be prepared. Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
- Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
- Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
- Are most active in September.
Follow these safety tips to protect your family and your home:
- Sign Up for Alert Marion to get time-sensitive emergency alerts to either your home, mobile or business phones, email or text message.
- During a hurricane, calls for service or assistance will not typically be dispatched when the sustained wind speeds as determined by the Marion County Emergency Management Department exceed 35 mph for public works employees and 45 mph for law enforcement officers.
- Have an evacuation plan and know special needs shelter locations. Utilities typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment needs, notify the electric utility prior to the storm’s arrival.
- To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org
- Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies, drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day), batteries, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, manual can opener, prescriptions, baby food, diapers, pet food, canned foods, cash, tarps, rope, bleach, trash bags, charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel, wooden kitchen matches, and a portable cooler. Consider using a hard -wired, corded phone, as cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
- If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed power lines —do not touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.
- If your power goes out, unplug appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored.
- If you have a portable generator, set it up outside in a well-ventilated area, and plug individual appliances directly into the generator. Operating a portable generator inside your home or garage can cause suffocation and plugging a generator directly into a home’s main electrical system can create an electrocution hazard for utility workers.
- If your home experiences water leaks or flooding, shut off the power to your home until a licensed electrician can inspect the electrical wiring.
- If you smell natural gas, evacuate the building immediately and call the gas company’s emergency number
- Carry proper identification with you in case you need to enter identification checkpoints to access your home or neighborhood.
- Inspect your home’s weatherhead for damage after a storm. The weatherhead is located above the electric meter where the electrical wires exit the conduit. The weatherhead is the homeowner’s responsibility, and utility workers cannot reconnect service if the weatherhead is damaged. Contact a licensed electrician for repairs.
- Collect water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valve. If you lose water pressure, approximately 40 gallons of fresh water will be stored in the tank. Fill bathtubs and the washing machine with water to clean with and to operate toilets.
- Clear the patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
- Locate shut-off valves and locations for gas, water and electricity in the event you need to turn them off.
- Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide
- Review your insurance policies and make sure personal documents (like ID) are up to date.
- City of Belleview Facebook Page
- Alert Marion
- Marion County Sheriff Emergency Management
- Marion County Sheriff Facebook Page
- National Hurricane Center (Website)
- National Hurricane Center (Facebook)
- CDC: Preparing for the Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- CDC: Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm
- Ready.gov - Build A Kit
- Ready.gov - Hurricane Preparedness Messages & Graphics
- FDEM: Disaster Planning for Business
- FDEM: State Assistance Information Line
- National Flood Insurance Program: Make Sure Residents Know Their Hurricane Flooding Risk @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>