The devastation wrought by the recent powerful tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area is a tragic reminder of the importance of being prepared for severe weather of all kinds.
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week... a time to emphasize that preparing for these massive storms is vital to every family's health and well-being. By preparing now... you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the damaging impacts of a storm.
Last fall... many along the East Coast felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy... one of the largest hurricanes in history. The storm affected millions of people... and for some... the devastation will be felt for a lifetime.
Hurricanes come with many hazards – storm surge... high winds... heavy rains... inland flooding and even tornadoes. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on each year on June 1 and ends on November 30. As peak season approaches... it is important to understand and prepare for hurricane hazards... even if you don't live right on the coast.
As we approach hurricane season which officially begins Saturday... I urge you to make a plan to stay safe and protect you and your family in the case that we have an impact here at home.
Here are some steps you can take to keep you and your family safe:
1. Discuss with your family what you will do if you need to evacuate. Where will you meet? What will you take with you? How will you check in so that you'll know who is okay and who isn't?
2. If you have a pet... make a plan for your pet if you have to evacuate.
3. Get backups for things you need every day:
These steps can save your life and keep your loved ones safe.
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