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Old 08-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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The weather is hotter which means the water is too, Hurricanes only occur mainly in the summer. So here is just a simple guide on what to do and how to prepare.

- Select a safe place for the family to weather the storm. This may be a location in your home -- consider a windowless room on the bottom floor. If your home doesn't have a safe area, you should know the locations of at least two emergency shelters near your home. If you have special medical needs and don't think you'll be able to get to the shelter on your own, contact the county in advance to make prior arrangements.

- Stock up on food and water. You should have enough non-perishable food and water in your home to last the family for at least a few weeks. If your stock of supplies is old, be sure to refresh it. You might want to purchase new canned goods every few years and rotate the rest through your pantry. Water should be replaced annually.

- Prepare other disaster supplies. You'll need to stock up on batteries, flashlights, rope, tarps, plastic bags, bad-weather clothing and other essentials to help you through the aftermath of a bad storm.

- Get your home ready. If you have hurricane shutters, make sure that you have all of the parts and have some extra screws/washers handy. If you don't, have a supply of plywood precut to fit your windows. Gather anything loose from your yard and store it in the garage. Watch the news when a storm is approaching and protect your home when advised by local authorities. If you wait until the rain starts, it may be too late.

- Develop a family communications plan. You might become separated before or after the storm. It's a good idea to have an out-of-state contact (a relative up north?) to act as the point of contact for all family members in the event of an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family knows who that person is and carries their phone number in their wallet or purse.

- Check your insurance coverage. Companies stop writing coverage when a storm is approaching. Ensure that your homeowner's insurance has enough windstorm coverage to rebuild your home in today's market. Also, remember that standard insurance doesn't cover flooding. You'll need special flood insurance from the federal government.

- Plan for the family pets. Shelters will not accept pets. If you want to ensure your pets livelihood, you may wish to consider evacuating early to a friend's home that's in a safe area.

- Keep your vehicles gassed up to at least half a tank at all times throughout hurricane season. When a storm approaches, lines WILL get long (up to five hours!) and gas stations will run out of gas before the storm hits. You need to have enough gas to safely evacuate if the situation warrants.

- Clean up your yard. You don't need anything blowing around/away. Plus some items may come through windows.

- Unplug electronics. You may see some lightning, you do not want a power surge.

Stay indoors unless necessary.


What You Need

Non-perishable food
Drinking water
Batteries
Medication for all family members
First aid kit
Flashlights
Battery-operated radio
Cash
Clothing

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Thanks for the guide!. Also you should take in any bikes or patio furniture inside.
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Thanks for taking the time and thought to type this starla.
There is a hurricane on the east coast. This will be very helpful.
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With hurricane Irene coming our way, this is extremely helpful. Thank you so much for making this guide! Everyone stay safe!

Another thing I'd like to add, is unplug any computers, TVs, or anything like that to avoid electric surge.
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View Post Originally Posted by monkeysgirl
Thanks for the guide!. Also you should take in any bikes or patio furniture inside.
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Your welcome, I have added that.
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Thanks for taking the time and thought to type this starla.
There is a hurricane on the east coast. This will be very helpful.
No problem.
Yes, hurricane Irene is still pretty strong right now.

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With hurricane Irene coming our way, this is extremely helpful. Thank you so much for making this guide! Everyone stay safe!

Another thing I'd like to add, is unplug any computers, TVs, or anything like that to avoid electric surge.
It's going to hit here as well. Your very welcome!
I have added that, thanks .
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Very helpful guide, Starla Thanks for taking the time to post it
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Great guide! Rep for you. I have to spread it around.
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This is a really great guide! Even though I don't need it (I live in Michigan - too far north and too far inland), all the Insider's in the South and along the east coast might need it. REP for you!
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Aww, you made a guide! Thank you!
I have definitely been informed!

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Very helpful guide, Starla Thanks for taking the time to post it
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Great guide! Rep for you. I have to spread it around.
Thanks! Awwh thanks anyway Price

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This is a really great guide! Even though I don't need it (I live in Michigan - too far north and too far inland), all the Insider's in the South and along the east coast might need it. REP for you!
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Aww, you made a guide! Thank you!
I have definitely been informed!

Keep safe, sweet friend!
Your very welcome!

That's good.

Thank you Mickey, so far so good.
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