ABC 7 Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 am

ABC 7 Hurricane preparedness tips:

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable     food

3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

4. Flashlight and extra batteries

5. First aid kit

6. Whistle to signal for help

7. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

10. Manual can opener for food

11. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

More information about hurricane and disaster preparations from FEMA can be found here - Are You Ready? Guide

Be sure to check the weather before going out.

Have a great weekend!

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