Bulloch County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) a local non-profit that responds to humanitarian needs in times of disaster, is preparing for hurricane season during hurricane preparedness week.

Each day this week we will be bringing you tips and ideas about hurricane preparedness. Last year Bulloch County were spared a major hurricane event. 2020 was the first year since Matthew in 2016 that our community has not had to respond to a hurricane threat.

Special thanks to Glenn/Davis & Associates an Assured Partners company along with Auto-Owners Insurance for sponsoring hurricane preparedness coverage.

Hurricane Season Begins June 1

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which is part of the annual tropical cyclone season in the Northern Hemisphere. It will officially begin on June 1, 2021, and end on November 30, 2021.

Be Prepared – Start Now

It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Since we live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9-15, 2021). hurricanes.gov/prepare

The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Even though Bulloch County does not fall in the mandatory evacuation area for hurricanes, many citizens with have decided to voluntary evacuated in the past. If you think you may want to voluntarily vacate in the event of a hurricane, take some time this week – Hurricane Preparedness Week – to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. Bulloch County is note in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone but some homes would be unsafe during a hurricane.

If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if you decide to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.

Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...