Security Urges Preparedness As Hurricane Wilma Tracks Toward Florida
Date: October 18, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-339Hurricane Wilma
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Hurricane Wilma intensifies and heads
toward the western Florida coastline, The U.S. Department of
Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging
residents in Florida to pay close attention to the storm’s progress
and to the directives of state and local officials. Preparations
should be made now.
urge the public to take this storm seriously and to listen to state
and local authorities for instructions,” said R. David Paulison,
acting Director for FEMA. “FEMA and the entire federal government
stand ready to assist state and local authorities. We encourage
residents in Florida to take the necessary precautions in preparation
for this storm and to assemble their personal supply kits.”
is a list of actions that individuals should undertake and supplies
to gather before Wilma’s anticipated landfall.
a Hurricane Strikes:
Plan a safe evacuation route and identify safe shelter space within
your area. Those in storm surge zones, in flood zones, or in less
than standard housing should be especially vigilant in preparing
disaster supplies on hand, including:
portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries
Emergency food and water (including a non-electric can opener)
Cash and credit cards
Sturdy shoes and a change of clothing
Copies of important papers (bank statements, insurance records,
When a Hurricane Watch or Warning is Issued:
to hurricane progress reports. Follow instructions if ordered to
Check your emergency supplies. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs,
jugs, bottles and available cooking pots.
Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden
tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could
Secure your home by installing hurricane shutters or precut plywood.
Trim dead branches from trees.
Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings if not
instructed by officials to turn off utilities.
Fuel your car. Review evacuation routes and gather your disaster
Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
Review your family disaster plan.
If You Are Told To Evacuate:
officials order evacuation, leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded
roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
Secure your home. Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and
the main water valve. If time permits, elevate furniture to protect
it from flooding or move it to a higher floor.
Take your pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm, protective
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.Ready.gov
prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal
response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA
also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders,
works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National
Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became
part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.