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Hurricane Preparedness


As you prepare to protect your home, family and business against the threat of hurricanes, CMS has made a commitment to protect you against disaster.

CMS is equipped with three monitoring centers located across the country. Each center is UL listed and backed up by two generators and uninterruptable power supplies. Our monitoring centers are redundant and connected, allowing us to load balance by redistributing operator resources during spikes in alarm activity.

If disaster should strike, our monitoring centers are prepared to handle your alarms by routing signals and alarms to our other central stations across the country.

Develop a Family Plan

  • Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate safe areas at home and in the community for each hurricane.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
  • Have a single out-of-state contact for all your family members.
  • Make a plan for your pets, if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency phone numbers and make sure everyone knows how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage (flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance).
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.
  • Use a weather radio, and replace the batteries every six months.
  • Take first-aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Having a Place to Go

  • Develop a family plan before an actual storm threatens your area. If ordered to evacuate, do not wait.
  • Select an evacuation site near your home to minimize travel distance to the shelter.
  • If you decide to evacuate to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic.
  • If a hotel or motel is your final evacuation site, make reservations before you leave.
  • If you can’t stay with friends or family and there are no hotel/motel vacancies, go to a shelter.
  • Remember, shelters are not designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets.
  • Bring your disaster supply kit with you to the shelter.
  • Be sure your car has a full tank of gas before you leave.

Creating a Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water (one gallon/day/person for three to seven days)
  • Food (enough for three to seven days)
  • Blankets, Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing (seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes)
  • First-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
  • Special items (for babies and the elderly)
  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • Radio (battery-operated and weather radio)
  • Cash (small bills)
  • Keys
  • Toys, books and games
  • Important documents (waterproof container)
  • Tools
  • Vehicles filled with fuel
  • Pet care items

Securing Your Home

The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter.  According to recent wind technology research, it’s important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and debris do not tear large openings in it.  You can do this by protecting and reinforcing these five critical areas: roof, straps, shutters, doors and garage doors.
The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions. Check your policy. Contact the National Flood Insurance Program by calling, 1.888.CALL.FLOOD ext. 445, TDD# 1.800.427.5593.


TAKING ACTION is as easy as 1-2-3*
Before Hurricane Season Starts YOU SHOULD: When a Hurricane Watch is issued YOU SHOULD: When a Hurricane Warning is issued YOU SHOULD:
Assemble Your Disaster Supply Kit.These items are often scattered around your home and simply need to be brought together into one location. Check Your Disaster Supply Kit.Make sure nothing is missing. Determine if there is anything you need to supplement your kit. Replenish your water. Ready Your Disaster Supply Kit for Use.If you need to evacuate, you should bring your Supply Kit with you.
Write Out Your Family Disaster Plan.Discuss the possible hazards with your family. Determine if you are in an evacuation area. Identify an out-of-town family contact. Activate Your Family Disaster Plan.Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (for example, securing a boat or leaving a barrier island). Use Your Family Disaster Plan.Your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.


Having a Pet Plan*

Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.

Pet Disaster Supply Kit

  • Proper identification including immunization records
  • Ample supply of food and water
  • A carrier or cage
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar and leash

Before the Disaster

  • Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
  • Have current photographs of your pets.
  • Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
  • Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet! Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics, and friends’ houses are potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.

During the Disaster

  • Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have proper ID collars and rabies tags, proper identification on all belongings, carriers or cages, leashes, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any medications, specific care instructions and newspapers or trash bags for clean-up.
  • Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm.
  • Pet shelters will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.

After the Disaster

  • Walk your pet on a leash until it becomes re-oriented to its home – often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water, and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.
  • If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
  • After a disaster, animals can become aggressive or defensive—monitor their behavior.


*Reprinted From the National Hurricane Center Web site (www.nhc.noaa.gov) with the permission of the National Hurricane Center. As required by 17 U.S.C. 403, notice is hereby provided the NWS material incorporated herein is not subject to copyright protection.

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