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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a below-normal 2015 Atlantic hurricane season with 6 to 11 named storms, it is important to remember that it only takes one hurricane to devastate a community.

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Below are some Hurricane Preparedness Tips provide by The American Red Cross
1. Download the Red Cross Emergency App.

This new app provides expert advice on what to do before, during, and after hurricanes and other disasters. It also gives instant access to 35 customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies; all in one free and easy to use app. Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross. Red Cross Emergency App
2. Learn the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning.
A Hurricane Watch is when conditions are a threat within 48 hours. It’s then time to review and update your hurricane plan. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
A Hurricane Warning is when conditions are expected within 36 hours. It’s then time to complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

3. Create an evacuation plan for your family.
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, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

4. Build an emergency kit.
You should include a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.

5. Pay attention to the weather forecast and stay informed.
Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio (available on the Red Cross Store) for critical information from the NationalWeather Service (NWS).

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