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  • Writer's pictureLinda Harris-Cosby

Hurricane Season Begins June First

Hurricanes are natural disasters that can cause significant damage to property and pose a serious threat to human life. It is important to be prepared for hurricanes to minimize their impact. Here are some tips for hurricane preparedness:

1. Stay informed: Stay tuned to local weather forecasts, and pay attention to any updates and warnings from authorities. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and emergency plans in your area.

2. Create an emergency kit: Have a well-stocked emergency kit that includes essentials like water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, flashlights, and batteries. Keep your kit in a safe, easily accessible location.

3. Protect your property: Secure your home by boarding up windows, reinforcing doors, and anchoring any outdoor items that could be blown away by high winds.

4. Evacuate if necessary: Follow instructions from authorities if you are advised to evacuate. Take only essential items with you, and leave as early as possible to avoid traffic and potential hazards.

5. Stay connected: Have a way to stay connected with family and friends, such as a charged phone or a two-way radio. Consider purchasing a portable charger or battery backup.

6. Stay safe: During the hurricane, stay inside and away from windows and exterior doors. If you are in a flood-prone area, move to higher ground. Avoid driving through floodwaters, as they can be deeper and more dangerous than they appear.

7. After the hurricane: Be cautious when returning to your home or community, as there may be debris, downed power lines, and other hazards. Listen for updates from local authorities, and follow their instructions for returning home safely.

Remember, it is better to be overprepared than underprepared for a hurricane. Stay informed, have a plan, and be ready to act quickly if necessary.

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