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Storm Safety Tips:

1 Secure Your Home ahead of time

2 Hurricanes are dangerous, listening to your local hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of personal injury or major property damage.

3 Before the storm find out where the local emergency shelters are if you think you may need one.Contact the National Disaster Office for the closest shelters.

4. Have disaster supplies on hand: Flashlight and extra batteries Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries. First aid kit Non-perishable (canned food) and extra water Ice chest filled half way with ice, Non-electric can opener,matches, electronic lighters, candles, essential medicines, cash and credit cards, waterproof or sturdy shoes, and extra waterproof clothes. Get a camping stove and be sure to have ignition equipment that you will need, kerosene, propane cylinders, etc.

5.Protect your windows: Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood--marine plywood is best--cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm. Trim back branches from trees: Cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your property .Secure boats, sheds, patio furniture, basement entrances, clear drains and shutter windows and any open areas.

6. Check into your Home and Auto Insurance: Confirm that policies are valid and coverage is appropriate. Put paperwork into a waterproof plastic binder

7. Make arrangements for pets and livestock: Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.

8. Develop an emergency communication plan: Make sure that all family members know what to do.

9. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

10. Teach children how and when to call police or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.

11. Check on your elderly neighbors and families before the storm hits.

12. Call your local red cross, state police, coast guard,emergency management personnel at the police departments for additional information.

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