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September is national hurricane preparedness month

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

Plan in Advance

• Talk to family members about preparedness and how to respond calmly to emergencies

• Identify two meeting places: one near your home and one away from the neighborhood

• Post emergency phone numbers beside the telephone

• Choose a friend or relative out-of-state to call to check in

• Draw a home floor plan and choose at least two escape routes

• Make sure you know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity

• Keep an emergency supply kit with water, non-perishable food, important documents, radio, flashlight, extra batteries, extra eye glasses, medications and special needs products

• Make plans for family members or neighbors with special needs, as well as for pet care

Go to Hurricane Central for up-to-date hurricane information.

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,, 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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