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6/1/2015 - Hurricane Season Starts June 1, 2015 - Here are Some Steps to Get Prepared

Here are some steps you can take now to prepare for the 2015 Hurricane Season:

Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.

Create or review your hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.

Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, make plans for family members with special medical needs and for your pets to be cared for.


Once you hear of a storm approaching make sure you take the following steps:

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).

Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters and the severity of the storm call for it, consider boarding up all windows and doors with plywood.

Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

Turn off propane tank.

Unplug small appliances.

Fill your car’s gas tank.

Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.



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