Health Tip: Be Ready for a Hurricane08/28/13
(HealthDay News) -- If a hurricane is headed your way, taking
steps to help protect your home and family can help avoid
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's ready.gov site
suggests how to prepare for a hurricane:
- Tune into local TV or radio stations for updates on the
weather. Avoid using the telephone.
- Make sure your home is secured, shutters closed, and garbage
cans and outdoor furniture secured or brought indoors.
- Make sure trees and bushes are well-trimmed, making them less
prone to the effects of heavy winds.
- Consider boarding windows with 5/8-inch marine plywood, cut to
fit. The agency stresses that tape does not prevent windows from
- Make sure propane tanks are shut off and any boat is securely
- Fill bathtubs with water for drinking, and stock enough safe
- Identify the safest room in your home, which you and the family
may need to occupy during the height of the storm.
- Heed any evacuation order from local or state authorities.
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