HURRICANE SANDY (A.K.A. FRANKENSTORM)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), continues to closely monitor Hurricane Sandy located in the eastern Caribbean Sea just south-southeast of the central Bahamas. Hurricane Sandy also known by many as Frankenstorm has sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and experts say it has the potenial to be one of the worst storms the US has seen in 100 years.
FEMA administrators urge that now is the time to be prepared for sever weather by updating your family communication plans, check your supplies, and stay informed. Now is the time to update your family communication plans, check your supplies, and stay informed.
View the Release here on FEMA's website.
What to do now:
- Pay attention to weather forecasts. Storms change direction and can intensify quickly, which means forecasts will change.
- Listen to local emergency authorizes for evacuation plans and other protective measures
- Have an emergency preparedness plan. Know where you might evacuate if needed.
If you're likely to be affected by the storm:
- Check your flashlights and batteries (make sure they are working and you have a good supply)
- Have some cash on hand in case the power goes out and you need to make a purchase.
- Put gas in your car.
- Keep listening to forecasts and local emergency management.
If you're in the range of a direct or near-direct hit:
- Shutter or board up your windows.
- Clean your yard and remove anything that could cause damage.
- Have plenty of water: You can fill your bathtub and extra jugs. Buy any bottled water you may need.
- Follow any evacuation orders issued for your area.
- If you evacuate, take any important documents with you, as well as basic necessities and anything you consider irreplaceable (photos, laptops, other valuables).
- If you own a pet, include your pet in your evacuation and other emergency plans.
- If you are in a high-rise building, try to stay below the 11th floor. Winds are stronger higher up.
- Avoid elevators.
- Keep your phone fully charged.
What NOT to do:
- Do not leave your windows or doors open. Your windows should be closed, locked and shuttered throughout the duration of a storm.
- Don't stay behind! Leave the area if advised. It's the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family.
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