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National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week Kick-Off

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It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 3-9, 2020). hurricanes.gov/prepare

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It only takes one storm to change your life and community. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 3-9, 2020). hurricanes.gov/prepare #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 3-9, 2020

 

Sunday, May 3th

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The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms.
hurricanes.gov/prepare

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It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms. hurricanes.gov/prepare #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 3 - Determine Your Risk

 

Monday, May 4th

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Take some time this week - Hurricane Preparedness Week - to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.
hurricanes.gov/prepare

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Are you in a hurricane evacuation zone, or in a home that would be otherwise unsafe in a hurricane? If so, think now, about where you’d go and how you’d get there if you're told to evacuate. hurricanes.gov/prepare #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 4 - Develop An Evacuation Plan

 

Tuesday, May 5th

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Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. ready.gov/kit

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Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period too. Prepare for AT LEAST one week. ready.gov/kit #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 7 - Assemble Disaster Supplies

 

Wednesday, May 6th

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This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. ...and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

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Are you insured for a hurricane? Keep in mind that standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, and flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period! Find coverage at floodsmart.gov #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 8 - Get an Insurance Checkup

 

Thursday, May 7th

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If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.
fema.gov/what-mitigation

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Can your home withstand a hurricane? Make sure it is up to local hurricane building code specifications. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation fema.gov/what-mitigation

May 9 - Strengthen Home

 

Friday, May 8th

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Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes: ready.gov/neighbors

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You can play a large role in how your neighbors fare before, during and after a hurricane. ready.gov/neighbors #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 8 - Help Your Neighbor

 

Saturday, May 9th

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The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.
ready.gov/make-a-plan

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The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. ready.gov/make-a-plan #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

May 9 - Complete a Written Plan

 

Hurricane Safety Page

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Remember, it only takes one storm to change your life and community. For more information on hurricanes and hurricane safety, visit weather.gov/safety/hurricane

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It only takes one storm to change your life & community! Prepare! weather.gov/safety/hurricane #HurricaneSafety #ItOnlyTakesOne

Aerial views of damage caused from Hurricane Katrina the day after the hurricane hit August 30, 2005.Photo, Jocelyn Augustino, FEMA katrinadestruction.com

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