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Apathy can blow stronger than any hurricane ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR DAWN KREBS

After I saw some of the damage the storm did as it traveled north, I realized a more dangerous disaster had headed our way and I had become a part of it. By being indifferent, I almost risked the lives of myself and my family. By falling into the thought process that hurricanes can’t hurt us unless they’re a certain size or strength, I allowed myself to take for granted the services that are here and make themselves available this time of year. Thank you, shelters that opened and the people who staffed them. Although I haven’t used one myself,

you help many people that do, and I know you will be there for me in the future. Thank you to the Humane Society, who directed people to the safest way they can care for their pets during storms. So often, animals are overlooked or left behind. There is a special place for you in every pet owner’s heart. And a special thank you to the county’s emergency services. Your reaction to upcoming storms and the dedication you show is to be commended. I am proud to live in a place that values its residents so much. I hope the apathy with which people sometimes treat the hurricane season can be overcome with education. I, for one, will never

accuse the county of “crying wolf.” Perhaps someday the undercurrent of apathy that runs through the county will be replaced with one of preparation. I just hope that it doesn’t take another devastating hurricane season to do it. Dawn Krebs is the Associate Managing Editor for Hometown News.

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Sometimes, it’s not just hurricanes that have the potential for disaster during hurricane season. It’s been almost 10 years since the Treasure Coast reeled from the extensive damage caused by the Frances and Jeanne, the back-toback hurricanes that gripped this area in 2004 and shook residents for weeks and months afterwards. No, the disaster that looms before residents now comes from not having any hurricanes blow through. The disaster I refer to is apathy. Last year, while a storm was headed this way, some of us were at the beach enjoying the increased wave activity. Some were standing in line with last-minute supplies in hand complaining about how bad traffic would be if an evacuation was ordered.


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Preparedness and volunteers for the season

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s we near the beginning of the 2013 Hurricane Season, it’s good to reflect on what we are doing as a community to “get ready.” Preparedness is the cornerstone of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Personal preparedness begins with each one of us, at home, at work or at school. Preparedness is far from a waste of time as these examples we already use show: A fire extinguisher, even though most of us cannot say we experienced a fire and used an extinguisher, there are fire extinguishers in every commercial building and most homes and some vehicles. It is one way to be “prepared” for a small fire. Seat belts help someone survive a car crash, just ask a paramedic, trauma surgeon or law enforcement officer. They are second nature to

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most of us and are a requirement for most employers. But we don’t leave the house saying “I don’t think I will be in a wreck today, so I won’t wear my seat belt!” Again, wearing a seat belt is part of preparedness. Other examples are purchasing insurance, studying for a test or a promotion, learning to swim and a hundred other ways we prepare for something. So why don’t more people prepare for disaster? Could be it never happened to them personally so they think it never will. Others may think it is too expensive but expense is reduced over time. Still others

think we live in a protective bubble so severe weather and hurricanes won’t affect us. That idea should have been squashed after the 20042005 but now is part of the “we had our hurricane so we won’t have another.” Consider two examples of preparedness. One family has purchased food and water over several months using the “BOGO” sales at grocery stores. A basic kit can be purchased for $20 including a cloth grocery bag to carry it in. They have some water, food, flashlight, radio, a family or friend out of the area they could stay with and a plan for the family to meet at a second location if they can’t reach home in a sudden emergency. They don’t have a car, but their church has a disaster plan to possibly help with transportation. The second family has no plans,

no extra food or water and no idea what to do if a sudden emergency prevents their family members from reaching home or evacuating. Being unable to reach home is not so far fetched and reasons include a nearby wildfire, tornado, plane crash or flooded roads. Or it could be a car crash on I-95 or the turnpike that snarls traffic for several hours. Consider this scenario; a hurricane approaches Florida, even though we have had days of warning and very accurate forecasting of the landfall location, the severity of the storm is hard to gauge. Both families live in an evacuation area and a mandatory evacuation is announced. Family one has most of what they need in their disaster kit, they call their friend or family to See PREPAREDNESS, Page 6

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expect their arrival and call their church to assist with transportation. As soon as they believe an evacuation order will be issued, they are on the road. The evacuation notice is issued and family two has to decide where to go at the last minute; long lines at the grocery store prevent this family from getting basic supplies. Even though they have a car, they don’t know where they will go. They decide to stay at a public shelter and show up with a change of clothes, their bedding and nothing else. Which family will be more comfortable? More importantly, family two has now become part of the problem. They have to be housed and fed by the county shelter staff. They will be in a noisy school hallway with a hundred strangers. Both families survive the storm with no injuries. Looking at this another way, a prepared family allows local emergency management and public safety to do more for those that truly need help, the sick and injured not the healthy but unprepared. A prepared neighborhood will check on their family and neighbors. And this brings us to volunteers. In 2004, we relied heavily on our respected military forces to provide manpower during recovery. For weeks during each storm, the United States National Guard directed traffic at numerous intersections without traffic lights, rebuilt our damaged beaches to prevent further erosion damage from coming winter storms and worked at the Indian River Mall and North County Pool to hand out food and water to over 100,000 residents. We were exceptionally lucky to have this “force multiplier.” Local public safety and department personnel were impacted by the storm and many had to repair their own homes then go on to work many

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hours. Local government employees alone could not manage recovery without the National Guard and support from local volunteers. Today, we can count on the Guard for no more than 24 hours due to deployments and reduction in force policy. Indian River County must recruit, encourage, train and engage local volunteers. There are many ways to volunteer at work, at church and through Emergency Management. American Red Cross and Salvation Army along with the SAFER Indian River volunteer and donations organization work specifically for disaster recover and preparation. Local food banks, civic organizations and service clubs are especially well versed in community service. Remember to engage your neighbors and include them in your disaster plans. Local communities are being trained and equipped for disaster response and recover as C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Preparedness Team) members and this training can be obtained for free through our office by calling 567-2154. The role of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is twofold. EOC staff along with representatives from all municipalities and county departments creates a common operating picture for our decision makers. Personnel in the field carry out the objectives and strategy of recovery. The second purpose of the EOC is to coordinate resources to support the recovery and avoid duplication of effort. With personal preparation, neighborhood planning and trained volunteers we can become a better prepared or “resilient” community that can and will spring back from disaster. For more information, call (772) 226-3852 or go online to www.irces.com. -Dale Justice is the emergency management coordinator for Indian River County.


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Hurricane expo to be held at Treasure Coast Square on May 18 Special to Hometown News By The American Red Cross Treasure Coast Square and the American Red Cross – Palm Beaches Treasure Coast Region invite local area-residents to get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season during the 19th Annual Hurricane Expo that will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. This family-friendly event will focus on safety and preparedness this hurricane season, as well as feature vendors, educational presentations, and

fun activities for kids. Vendors and agencies from both Martin and Saint Lucie counties ranging from hurricane shutters, water extraction services, insurance providers and disaster relief organizations will be on-site offering tips and more. The event is sponsored by Expert Shutter Services, Inc, and is free and open to the public. Treasure Coast Mall is located at 3174 N.W. Federal Highway in Jensen Beach. For more information, call Treasure Coast Square at (772) 692-9401.

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Clothing and bedding One complete change of clothing, including footwear. A cot or sleeping bag and pillow. Rain gear and sturdy shoes.

Personal items Washcloth, small towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, towelettes, etc.

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Hurricane shelters in Indian River County are as follows: • Fellsmere Elementary School, 50 N. Cypress St., Fellsmere. • Sebastian Elementary School, 400 County Road 512, Sebastian. • Sebastian River Middle School, 9400 County Road 512m Sebastian. • Glendale Elementary School, 4940 Eighth St., Vero Beach. • Oslo Middle School, 480 20th Ave. Southwest, Vero Beach. • Vero Beach High School Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach. • Gifford Middle School, 4535 28th Court, Gifford. • Highlands Elementary School, 500 20th St. Southwest, Vero Beach. • Pelican Island Elementary School, 1355 Schumann Drive, Sebastian. • Vero Beach High School, 1707 16th St., Vero Beach.

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Remember these important food safety tips For Hometown News NewsFP@hometownnewsol.com In some extreme cases of a disaster, there might be a period of time when people might not have access to food, water and electricity. The right preparations will make the situation more tolerable. There should be enough food and water for at least three days. Here are some useful tips: • Buy food you would normally eat that does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. • Avoid salty foods because they will make you thirsty. • Purchase bottled water that has been sealed. If you must disinfect it, use unscented chlorine bleach in the ratio of eight drops per gal lon. Let the mixture sit for 30 min utes before drinking.

• Hand washing with soap and water is extremely important. In the event hand washing is unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Food to have on hand: • Ready-to-eat meats, chicken or fish • Canned fruit, vegetables and beans • Peanut butter • Ready-to-eat cereals, cereal bars and crackers • Evaporated, powdered or boxed milk • Canned, bottled or boxed juice • Nuts and dried fruit mixes • Jars of baby food and powdered baby formula For babies: • Breastfeeding is best • Use single-serve, ready- to-feed bottles of formula

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members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for. •Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

How to respond if a hurricane is approaching What supplies do I need? •Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day. •Food—at least a 3-day supply of

non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food. •Flashlight. •Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible.) •Extra batteries. •First aid kit. •Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.) •Multi-purpose tool. •Sanitation and personal hygiene items. •Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies.) •Cell phone with chargers. •Family and emergency contact information. •Extra cash. •Emergency blanket. •Map(s) of the area

•Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers.) •Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl.) •Tools/supplies for securing your home. •Extra set of car keys and house keys. •Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes. •Rain gear. •Insect repellent and sunscreen. •Camera for photos of damage.

Steps to take after a hurricane What do I do after a hurricane? •Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. •Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. •If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. •Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out

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bridges. •Keep away from loose or dan gling power lines and report them immediately to the power compa ny. •Stay out of any building that has water around it. •Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. •Use flashlights in the dark. Do not use candles. •Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated. •Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out. •Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury. •Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. •Use the telephone only for emergency calls. •Secure double entry doors at See TIPS, Page 22

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Storm tips from electricity provider Special to Hometown News By Florida Power & Light FPL urges Floridians to be prepared and aware of potential electrical hazards at all times, especially before, during and after a severe weather event. Below are electricity-related tips to keep families safe during hurricane season. Before a storm threatens Before storm season begins on June 1, have trees properly trimmed to minimize their potential impact on homes and neighborhoods. Make sure debris is cleared prior to a hurricane warning announcement when trash pickup is suspended. Do not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near any overhead power lines. Only specially trained line-clearing professionals should work around power lines. Check local listings to locate a contractor quali-

fied to trim vegetation around power lines. If someone is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review the family emergency plan for back-up power or make arrangements to relocate when a storm warning is issued. Preparing for an approaching storm Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines. Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage. Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment. When working on a ladder, look up and note the location of power lines before

beginning. Be sure ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so the ends of the tools don’t come within 10 feet of power lines. Portable generator tips Always read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly to avoid dangerous shortcuts and ensure the safe operation of generators. Never run generators inside homes or garages, as they produce potentially deadly carbon-monoxide fumes. Keep generators away from all open windows, including neighbors’ windows, to prevent deadly exhaust from entering a home or business. Buy a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm, which will alert if carbon monoxide levels become dangerous. Don’t directly connect a generator to a home’s wiring. Power from a generator connected to a home's wiring will "back feed" into utility lines,

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not be visible. They could be energized and dangerous. Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at (800) 4OUTAGE to report fallen power lines that present a clear and imminent danger. Do not attempt to touch any electrical power lines, and keep family away from them. Always assume every power line is energized. If theroof or windows leak, water may come into contact with electrical wiring. Immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances that are still plugged in and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device. FPL’s restoration priorities Efforts are guided by one principle: to find and fix the damage that will safely bring power to the most people in the fewest hours. FPL follows three steps, which may overlap, to accomplish this: First, fix the power plants and transmission lines that move electricity to communities. Second, fix main power lines that

send electricity to neighborhoods. Here, FPL works with county emergency officials to restore power to the health and safety services that communities need first (such as hospitals, police and fire). At almost the same time, repairs begin to lines that will bring power to the most people in the fewest hours. Third, lines serving smaller groups are fixed until reaching individuals with isolated problems, such as broken transformers. That’s done last because it doesn’t help to fix the transformer until all the lines that feed power to the transformers are repaired first. Crews restore power as they converge on the hardest hit areas and will stay on the job until everyone has power again. Throughout the restoration, FPL will communicate frequently through the news media, the FPL website (www.FPL.com), FPL’s mobile storm center (mobile.FPL.com), Twitter (www.twitter.com/insideFPL), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FPLconnect), YouTube (www.youtube.com/FPL) and FPL’s blog (www.FPLblog.com) to provide updated restoration expectations and other progress reports.

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The Red Cross helps Special to Hometown News By The American Red Cross Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the United States, ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in the Red Cross.

To find out more about American Red Cross disaster services programs at work, visit The Red Cross Disaster Online Newsroom, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin and Social Vibe. The Red Cross was chartered by the United States Congress to "carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same." The Charter is unique to the Red Cross because it assigns duties and obligations to the nation, to disaster survivors and to the people who

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Don’t forget pets in hurricane planning TREASURE COAST— Taking care of pets during a storm requires some planning ahead, so it’s important to have a strategy in place. Pets can get agitated and confused before and after storms. It’s therefore important that owners make plans to not only keep them safe, but comfortable during a disaster. Don’t wait to start making plans for the hurricane season, which starts June 1 and runs until Nov. 30. If you live in an evacuation zone, make plans to stay with relatives or friends who can also

accommodate your pets, or call ahead and find out which hotels accept pets. Most area veterinarians also accept animals for boarding during storms, but owners need to call ahead for reservations. Don’t assume they’ll have space. A lot of them do book up, so you’ll have to let the vet know you plan on taking the animal there. The animal shelter is a stormproof facility that also boards pets for residents who live in evacuation zones. Animals boarding there during a storm must have written proof of current vaccinations and valid identification and rabies

tags. Owners must also get the pets to the shelter before a storm makes landfall. The Humane Society also does not accept sick or aggressive animals. Once owners have arranged to house their pets during the storm, advocates say it is important to remember the animals might become disoriented by the removal of familiar scents or landmarks after a disaster. Do not allow pets to roam free. Keep cats indoors and walking doors on leashes, they advise. Work patiently with animals to get them back into a normal routine.

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the top and the bottom. •Strengthen existing garage doors to improve the wind resistance, particularly double- wide garage doors. •Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or onehalf inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows. •Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings. •Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice. •Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans that is away from stairs and exits to prevent them from being moved by high

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Ask a professional to: •Ensure roof sheathing is prop erly installed. •Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof. •Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps. •Elevate your home if it is near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

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shelters unless they are service animals.

Medications Medications should be clearly marked with your name, dosage, type of medication and prescribing physician. You must be able to take all medications by yourself. Also bring any dressing changes that might be needed.

Miscellaneous Bring a cell phone if you have one. Games, cards, toys, battery-powered radios, flashlights, batteries or other reasonable items you may need are welcome. Take a bath and eat before you leave home.

Not allowed Alcoholic beverages and weapons are not allowed. Smoking is not allowed in shelters. For more information, go to www.floridadisaster.org.

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Emergency contacts For Hometown News NewsFP@hometownnewsol.com In Indian River County, here are the emergency numbers to have on hand in case of a disaster: • For emergency law enforce ment/fire/ ambulance: 911 • Emergency services public infor mation line, activated during disas ters: (772) 567-2129 • Indian River County Depart ment of Emergency Services: (772) 5672154 • North Treasure Coast Chapter of See CONTACTS, 23

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Works of the Red Cross Special to Hometown News By The American Red Cross When more than 4 million people needed help following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, millions of people, foundations and corporations rose to the occasion and helped through the American Red Cross. In the immediate aftermath of the storms, the Red Cross and its partners provided: • 1,400 evacuation shelters for survivors across three states and the District of Columbia – serving nearly 450,000 evacuees • More than 68 million hot meals and snacks • Direct assistance that allowed more than 1.4 million families to purchase groceries,

clothing, diapers and other basic needs. After the initial phase of the emergency response ended, the long-term work of helping devastated families and communities began. The Red Cross created the Hurricane Recovery Program to address the long-term needs of survivors. With what the Red Cross accomplished, together with the help of partners, donors and volunteers, the Hurricane Recovery Program was able to help tens of thousands of individuals and families who needed help over the longer term. Emotional support and behavioral health initiatives enabled approximately 187,500 individuals to enroll in personalized local mental health services. Additionally, more than 200 community organizations received funding to provide recovery-related serv-

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ices. Case management services provided more than 13,200 households with services, such as assistance in developing personal recovery plans and obtaining local recovery information, access to partner resources and direct financial assistance toward home or employment-related recovery. Partnerships also played a pivotal role in the Hurricane Recovery Program, with more than 3,400 documented partnerships and outreach activities with nonprofit, local, state, governmental and faith-based organizations nationwide. Additionally, nearly 75 long-term recovery committees across the country collaborated with the Hurricane Recovery Program to ultimately provide more than $110 million in varied assistance within local communities.

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