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Preparing for Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Posted by Emeline McKeown on September 18, 2017
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Hurricane season is in full force, from the devastation brought on by Harvey and Irma to the news of Jose and Maria all shoreline communities are a bit on edge, ours included!

Typically, hurricane season for the Atlantic starts in June and doesn’t put us in the clear till the end of November. Sadly, this means there are still plenty of weeks for potential storms to come our way. As of this morning Hurricane Jose, currently a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to bring Tropical Storm conditions to our beloved shoreline.

Although this storm is no Irma or Harvey we like to remind our friends that it is better to be safe than sorry!

– How to Prepare and Stay Safe During a Tropical Storm:

– Avoid walking or driving through flood waters and be extra careful when going outside.

– Close storm shutters stay away from windows.

– Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.

– Charge up! If you lose power you’ll want to make sure your phones and tablets have a full battery.

– Bring in patio furniture, bikes, and other items that could potentially fly away or become a safety hazard.

– Stay in the know! Bookmark your local news and government’s website for updates and possible emergency instructions.

– Emergency kit! If you have one, restock and make sure all batteries and flashlights still work. If you don’t have one yet this is the perfect opportunity to build one, whether you end up using it or not you’ll be at ease knowing its there – include a flashlight, batteries, candles, matches, cash, and first aid supplies.

– Have a plan! Figure out how you will communicate with family members if you lose power. Create and practice an evacuation plan with your family.

How much damage can a Category 1 – 5 storm cause and how can we best prepare? This article helps us understand what to expect from — and prepare for — each category of hurricane.

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