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Preparing for Hurricanes
- Hurricane season is usually June through November. Most storms last a week and move 10-20 mph over an open ocean.
- People can be affected by hurricanes regardless of their proximity to the coastline.
Avoid hurricane damage:
- Remove or anchor objects that could become airborne and damage your home such as tree branches, trashcans, grills and play structures.
- Reinforce your garage doors to avoid expensive structural wind damage.
- Buy hurricane straps made of galvanized metal and storm shutters to secure your roof and windows.
General preparedness tips:
- Set a family communication plan, keeping everyone on the same page about contact information, utilities, pets and evacuation strategies.
- Build an emergency kit with basic supplies such as water, food, batteries, a first-aid kit and medications. Don’t forget your pets! Make an emergency kit for them with food, water, an extra leash and a blanket.
- Join local disaster support groups to learn preparation skills and to assist in relief efforts in your own area.
*This information compiled from the emergency preparedness sites of the American Red Cross, National Hurricane Center, Centers for Disease Control, National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.