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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.

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