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Create a family emergency kit:umbrella

  • Provide food and water to last three to seven days (don’t forget the pets!)
  • Include medication and a first aid kit.
  • Put in extra clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Add battery powered radios, lanterns and flashlights – with extra batteries.
  • Collect items such as duct tape, fire extinguisher, shovel, gloves, tarps, wrenches, etc.
  • Have cash and important papers accessible.

Prepare your home and property:

  • Clean out and remove debris from gutters and drainage areas; fix leaks now.
  • Check trees and landscaping and prune as needed.
  • Remove or cover securely all patio furniture.
  • Check windows are properly closed and paint trim if needed to avoid dry rot.
  • Secure lids on trash and recycle containers.
  • Turn off automatic sprinklers.

Safety tips for driving in poor weather:

  • Make sure your vehicle headlights, tail lights, and windshield wipers are functioning properly, and that tires have decent tread left.
  • Allow for extra travel time and drive 5-10 mph slower than normal during rain. Give yourself more room between cars and avoid tailgating.
  • Apply your brakes earlier and with less pressure than in normal conditions.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas and puddles.
  • If rain is coming down so hard that you cannot see, find a safe spot to pull over and wait for the downpour to stop.

In a weather emergency:

  • Monitor local TV and radio for emergency weather information, and pay close attention to flood reports and road closures.
  • Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered.
  • Be aware of downed power lines and do not touch them.  Call 9-1-1 to report any downed lines.

 

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