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Create a family emergency kit:
- 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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