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Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week
May 23 - 29, 2010


Sunday    Monday    Tuesday    Wednesday    Thursday    Friday    Saturday


THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DECLARED NORTH CAROLINA'S HURRICANE AWARENESS
WEEK FOR 2010. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS BEEN
ISSUING INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR HURRICANE
SEASON.

EACH DAY WE HAVE COVERED A DIFFERENT TOPIC. TODAY WE WILL TALK
ABOUT GOING THROUGH A DISASTER.

DISASTER PREVENTION INCLUDES DEVELOPING A FAMILY PLAN...CREATING
A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT...HAVING A PLACE TO GO...SECURING YOUR
HOME...AND HAVING A PET PLAN.

YOUR FAMILY PLAN...YOUR FAMILY'S DISASTER PLAN SHOULD BE BASED ON
YOUR VULNERABILITY TO HURRICANE HAZARDS SUCH AS RAINFALL
FLOODING...HIGH WINDS...AND FALLING TREES. YOU SHOULD KEEP A
WRITTEN PLAN AND BE SURE TO SHARE IT NOT ONLY WITH YOUR
FAMILY...BUT ALSO WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THAT WAY
EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE
THREATENS.

CREATING A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT...THERE ARE CERTAIN ITEMS THAT YOU
NEED TO HAVE IN YOUR KIT REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU RIDE THE
HURRICANE OUT. A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT IS A USEFUL TOOL WHEN YOU
EVACUATE...AS WELL AS MAKING YOUR FAMILY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE IN
YOUR HOME. YOUR KIT SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

1) AT LEAST 1 GALLON OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY FOR 3 TO 7 DAYS.
2) ABOUT 3 TO 7 DAYS WORTH OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD.
3) BLANKETS AND PILLOWS.
4) SEASONAL CLOTHING INCLUDING RAIN GEAR AND STURDY SHOES.
5) SPECIAL ITEMS FOR CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.
6) FIRST AID BANDAGES...MEDICINE...AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
7) TOILETRIES.
8) FLASHLIGHTS WITH BATTERIES.
9) A BATTERY POWERED RADIO AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS.
10) CASH (BANKS AND ATM'S MAY BE CLOSED FOR EXTENDED PERIODS)
11) KEYS
12) TOYS...BOOKS AND GAMES.
13) IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN A WATERPROOF CONTAINER (INSURANCE PAPERS)
14) TOOLS
15) A VEHICLE WITH ITS GAS TANK FILLED.
16) PET CARE ITEMS.

SECURE YOUR HOME...THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS YOU SHOULD DO TO
REDUCE YOUR HOMES VULNERABILITY. BE SURE TO PICK UP ALL LOOSE
ITEMS IN AND AROUND YOUR YARD SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS...TOYS...LAWN
FURNITURE...POTTED PLANTS... AND SO ON. IF YOU WISH TO COVER YOUR
WINDOWS BE SURE TO USE HURRICANE SHUDDERS OR AT LEAST 5/8 INCH
PLYWOOD. THIS WILL KEEP THE WIND OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. ALSO BE SURE
TO REINFORCE YOU GARAGE DOOR.

EVACUATION...IF YOU ARE ASKED TO EVACUATE...YOU SHOULD DO SO
WITHOUT DELAY. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO EVACUATE EVEN IF NOT ASKED TO
DO SO IF THE AREA AROUND YOUR HOME IS PRONE TO FLOODING. IT IS
VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU EVALUATE YOUR HOMES VULNERABILITY. YOU
COULD BECOME CUT OFF TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD BY FLOOD WATERS...OR
FALLING TREES MAY THREATEN YOUR FAMILY. ALSO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
TO REMEMBER THAT IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD TO
EVACUATE...VARIOUS EMERGENCY SERVICES MAY BE HINDERED...MEANING
THAT FIRE...EMS...AND POLICE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU.

PREVENTING THE LOSS OF LIFE AND MINIMIZING THE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
FROM HURRICANES ARE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE SHARED BY ALL. THE
MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU CAN DO IS TO BE INFORMED AND
PREPARED.

For additional information, check out the National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Awareness Website

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