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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

With Hurricane Irma on course to make landfall over this weekend, it's an important time to reflect on Hurricane Preparedness. What should you do before, during, and after a hurricane?

First, stay tuned alerts in your area. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in the area within the next 36 hours. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in the area in the following 48 hours.

BEFORE THE STORM

•- Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8-inch plywood

•- Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind

•- Clear gutters of debris

•- Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator

•- Fill a bathtub with water

•- Get a full tank of gas in one car

•- Go over the evacuation plan with the family

•- Learn the location of the nearest shelter

•- Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding

•- Store important documents in a watertight container

•- Have a current inventory of household property

•- Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave

SUPPLIES

•- Can opener

•- Flashlight

•- A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio

•- Extra batteries

•- A first aid kit

•- Small fire extinguisher

•- A seven-day supply of medications

•- Cell phone and charges

•- A sleeping bag for each person

•- Extra cash

•- Baby supplies

•- Pet supplies

•- Wet wipes

•- Insect repellent

•- Rain gear

•- Plastic sheeting

•- Duct tape

•- Extra keys for house and car

•- Household bleach

•- Paper cups, plates, and towels

•- Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill

AFTER THE STORM

•- Continue listing to a weather radio or local new for the latest updates

•- Stay alert for extended rainfall

•- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded areas and washed out bridges

•- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines

•- Inspect your home for damage and take pictures for insurance purposes

•- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out

•- Use telephone for emergency calls only

Sources: American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security

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