(WTNH) - Just last year a devastating tropical storm hit Connecticut. If you weren't ready for Irene, get prepared now just in case. Here are some guidelines developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Step 1: Build a Kit
Get an Emergency Supply Kit , which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car in case you are told to evacuate.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Make a Family Emergency Plan . Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. You should also consider:
- Evacuation plans
- Family communications
- Utility shut-off and safety
- Safety skills
Plan to Protect Property
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. Learn more at floodsmart.gov . In addition you can also:
- Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
Step 3: Be Informed
The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
- Learn about damaging and potentially deadly hurricane hazards
- What to do during a hurricane
- People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
- Preparing your Pets for Emergencies
More information on this can be found at Ready.Gov
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