2018-09-12 / Front Page

Time is running out to prepare ahead of storm

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Sta ff Writer

Be prepared for Hurricane Florence by taking the following precautions, as instructed by the National Weather Service’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

• Know where to get hurricane information. Tune into your trusted local media source. Access www.mobile.weather.gov on your mobile phone and get wireless emergency alerts.

Receive forecast information and news on your NOAA Weather Radio, which can be accessed at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. Stay in touch with friends and family on social media, and receive updates from your trusted sources of information.

Access information from www.weather.gov, www.ready.gov and www.flash.org.

• Strengthen your home. Keep trees around your home trimmed well before a storm to prevent damage from broken branches. Have the proper materials in advance to board up your windows to protect them from flying debris. Bring loose outdoor items, such as patio furniture, inside, as they can blow around and cause damage to homes.

Secure all doors on your property, remembering that the garage door is usually the most vulnerable. Move your car inside a garage or to another secure location.

• Put together an emergency kit. According to www.ready.gov, a disaster supplies kit should have enough food, water and supplies to last for at least 72 hours.

• Write or review your family emergency plan. Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency.

Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

For more information, visit www.ready.gov.

Prepare your home and vehicles according to your specific insurance policies to ensure damages are covered.

Know where your insurance documents and contact information are located, and take them with you if you evacuate.

For more information about flood risk and flood insurance options for your area, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

• Understand National Weather Service forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings. For more information, visit https:// bit.ly/2x5PTRy.

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