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2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: prepare and have a plan

Keep a disaster supply kit ready in case you need to use it during a tropical system. (Source: wunderground.com) Keep a disaster supply kit ready in case you need to use it during a tropical system. (Source: wunderground.com)
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Making a plan and being prepared is a key to preventing loss of life and minimizing damage to property.

Any time you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. It is important for your and your family to have a plan to keep you and your family safe.

Your family plan should be based on your vulnerability to tropical system hazards including wind, flooding, tornadoes and falling trees. In a disaster, you should plan to provide for your and your family for at least 5 days without utility services or outside aid.

A few other things you should do:

-Determine escape routes from your home should you have to evacuate quickly.

-Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact who knows your plan and where you will go during a disaster.

-Make a plan for what you will do with your pets.

-Check your insurance; flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

-Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.

What should you have in your disaster supply kit?

-Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.

-Food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices.

-Non-electric can opener

-Pillows and blankets

-Clothes

-First Aid Kit

-Toiletries

-Flashlights and batteries

-Battery powered radio

-Cash and important documents

-Tools

-Fuel

-Pet care items

You should also make sure your home is secured, such as battening down loose outdoor items and boarding up window if you believe your windows may be at risk to be hit by flying debris.

Preparing for tomorrow's storm today will keep you and your family safe in a disaster.

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