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Preparedness. . . Not Just Flashlights and Water

Many local stores and TV stations are providing the public with preparedness lists this week in anticipation of a possible hurricane next weekend. These useful lists are helpful in stocking our homes for a disaster but omit some very important preparation information.

  • Make yourself a list of important contact numbers:
    Local Shelters
    Local hospitals
    Local utilities
    Local American Red Cross
    Your Insurance Agent
  • Plan an escape route for your family if an evacuation is required. Review FEMA Evacuation Guidelines on the FEMA website. Plan for locations away from home.
  • Research the website to determine what would happen to your home during a flood surge.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan. If your family is not together during a disaster, determine how you will contact and find one other. Remember, your pets are family too.
  • After a hurricane passes, beware of the possible spawning of tornadoes. This will be apparent by either a swift change in wind direction or some barnyard animals floating through the air.
  • Stay tuned to local television or radio stations to determine when the area surrounding your home is safe.

Storms take many lives each year. Be smart and safe Hampton Roads.

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