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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 9-15, 2021). 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 9-15, 2021). hurricanes.gov/prepare #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 9-15, 2021. Determine your risk. Develop an evacuation plan. Assemble disaster supplies. Get an insurance check. Strengthen your home. Help your neighbor. Complete a written plan.

 

Sunday, May 9th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Determine Your Risk. Hurricanes bring many hazards to U.S. coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.

 

Monday, May 10th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Develop An Evacuation Plan. Find out today if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and identify trusted sources for receiving evacuation orders. Plan for multiple options on where to go and how to get there. Have a go bag for supplies and a plan for your pets. Be prepared to leave immediately if ordered to evacuate.

 

Tuesday, May 11th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Assemble Disaster Supplies. Make a list of supplies and assemble them before hurricane season begins. Have enough food and water for each person for at least three days. Fill your prescriptions and have medicine on hand. Radios, batteries and phone chargers are also must-haves. Gas up your vehicle and have cash on hand.

 

Wednesday, May 12th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Get An Insurance Checkup. Check in with your insurance agency before hurricane season. Remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately. Prepared your home and vehicles according to your policy. Know where your insurance documents are located and take them with you if evacuation. Visit floodsmart.gov for more.

 

Thursday, May 13th

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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.
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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. flash.org/protect.php

Hurricane Preparedness: Strengthen Your Home. There's a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Before hurricane season, trim trees on your property and get approved window coverings. Ahead of storms, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on your property, and a find a safe location for your vehicle.

 

Friday, May 14th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Help Your Neighbor. Many people, especially senior citizens, rely on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbors collect the supplies they'll need before the storm. Assist them with evacuation if ordered to do so, or check on them after it's safe for you to head outside.

 

Saturday, May 15th

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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

Hurricane Preparedness: Complete A Written Hurricane Plan. Writing down your hurricane plan will help you avoid mistakes during an emergency, and ensure everyone in your home is prepared for the storm. Have a list of essential contacts, including outside the potential impact area. Review and practice your plan with your family and friends.

 

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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