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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

| Sep 6, 2017 | In The Community |

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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