Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hurricanes are the focus of #NatlPrep this week #WRN #Skywarn

September is National Preparedness Month: Week 3

The theme for Week 3 (September 13 – 19) of National Preparedness Month is hurricane. Since hurricane season is currently at its peak, this would be a great time to take action and prepare your family for these powerful storms.
Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes can also affect inland communities.
Get the How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide from America’s PrepareAthon! to learn hurricane basics and how to protect yourself during these storms, including:
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors;
  • Go to a small, interior, windowless room such as a bathroom or closet, on the lowest level not likely to flood;
  • If you are in an area that is flooding, move to a location on higher ground; and
  • If the power goes out, use a flashlight, not a candle for lighting.
Also, power outages can last longer than expected, so having a disaster supply kit can help your family survive. Check out this story from a disaster survivor who understands the importance of being prepared for the unexpected.
Stay informed about hurricanes by monitoring weather reports and signing up to receive local alerts. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues hurricane watches and warnings to let you know when a storm is headed your way. You can also download the FEMA mobile application to receive NWS weather updates. Be sure to follow directions from local authorities if they issue an evacuation order.

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