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Hurricane Safety Tips


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Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

  • Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places – a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
  • Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Remind your family to take these items when evacuating:
    • Prescription medications and medical supplies
    • Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows
    • Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight
    • Car keys and maps
    • Documents, including driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.

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