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Hurricane Preparedness 
 
by Jean Bailey Robor June 10, 2005

Early Preparation....

You turn on the television only to see that a hurricane is headed your way. Now what? First, make sure you know what supplies you may need. You may be facing days without power or running water. Check your emergency equipment. Do you have working flashlights? How is your supply of batteries? Do you have a working generator? Do you need one? How about a battery-operated radio? Do you know where your local evacuation shelter is located? These are questions you need to ask yourself in the event of such an emergency.

While you do have power, keep tabs on where the hurricane is and how much time you have before it affects your area. Just because the eye of the hurricane isn't hurtling toward you doesn't mean you won't be affected. Widespread areas are affected in the wake of a hurricane. Keeping up with weather bulletins is a must.

Make sure you stock up on necessities such as water, non-perishable food, and medicine. If you have a baby, you'll want to have an ample supply of baby food/formula on hand. Also, if you have pets, make sure you have plenty of pet food and water for them. After the hurricane, it may be days before you can make your way to a store to restock.

Keeping your vehicle's gas tank filled is important. You may have to evacuate the area. Also, be sure to have plenty of cash on hand. If there's no power, there are no working ATM's. Ensure your washer, dryer, water heater, and furnace are located above potential floodwaters. Secure your home inside and out. Be sure to store or tie down lawn items such as your patio furniture, grill, garbage cans, yard debris, etc.

Anything can become a lethal object when combined with high winds. Also, use plywood as a deterrent to keep windows from shattering. If your trees have dead or hanging limbs, be sure to trim them as they could become projectiles in high winds.

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