NOAA WEATHER RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KEY WEST, FL
Hi, I'm Richard Sturbin of the Oak Ridge Boys. Since I am a member of a popular music group, I frequently travel the country to perform in concert. While traveling, I depend on the National Weather Service and NOAA weather radio for updates of threatening weather. NOAA weather radio is an all-hazards network providing up-to-date weather conditions, forecasts, watches and warnings, any time of the day or night. NOAA weather radio - isn't it time your family owned one?
HURRICANE SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KEY WEST, FL
Hello, I'm Richard Sturbin of the Oak Ridge Boys. Hurricanes are the greatest severe weather threat to the Florida Keys, however, there are personal and family safety measures which you can use to decrease the danger and destruction caused by hurricanes.
Before the hurricane season begins, develop an evacuation plan. Know the risks of hurricanes in the Florida Keys and learn the location of official shelters in the Keys. Ensure that you have enough non-perishable food and water supplies on hand and that your home or business is properly secured. Keep trees and shrubbery on your property trimmed. Develop a plan to properly secure or relocate your boat.
During a hurricane watch, frequently listen to NOAA Weather Radio operated by the National Weather Service in Key West, for the latest information on the hurricane and recommended safety actions.
You should also make sure all family vehicles are operating properly, secure mobile home tie downs, have an extra supply of cash, stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, medications and batteries, and cover all door and window openings with shutters or shielding materials.
During a hurricane warning, NOAA weather radio will have the latest in warnings and evacuation information. If told to evacuate, evacuate early. U.S. Highway 1 out of the Keys will likely have large traffic delays in an evacuation process. Leave mobile homes in any case. Notify neighbors and family members outside the warned area of your evacuation plans. Make plans for your pets as most shelters and hotels/motels will not accept pets.
If you are staying in a home during a hurricane, turn the refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary, turn off utilities if told so by local authorities, turn off propane tanks, unplug small appliances and fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
Remember, storm surge and heavy rainfall will likely flood most lower sections of homes and businesses if they are not elevated. The safest place during strong winds is in a small interior room of a home or building.