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September is national hurricane preparedness month

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 19, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.


While the National Hurricane Season reports that the likelihood for another hurricane this year is low, emergency officials are urging coastal areas to keep up their guard.

Hurricane season officially hit its peak last week, but still has more than two months to go until it end on Nov. 30.

Earl Armstrong, of the Federal Emergency Management Administration, is on a campaign to keep people along the coast safe and prepared.

The FEMA's goal with its campaign is to make people aware of simple ways to prepare for any type of disaster, Armstrong said.

"Figure out if something happens to your home where you'll go, how you'll contact your family to let them know you're OK, and have your kit with medication, clothes and money," he said.

The kit can be as simple as buying an extra canned food item during each grocery trip and remembering to pack a can opener, he said.

FEMA's website, ready.gov, includes a printable family emergency plan check list that includes spaces to write important phone numbers for medical providers, evacuation locations, and out-of-town contact information.

"The better prepared people are to take care of themselves, the better the first responders, state and federal government can handle the overall recovery," he said.

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