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Hurricane Season is here

Hurricane season starts here in New England June 1st and runs till the end of the year.  The key to getting through a powerful hurricane depends on how well prepared you are.  Preparing for a hurricane involves several key steps to ensure safety and readiness. Here are five essential points to consider:

1.      Emergency Kit: Assemble a comprehensive emergency kit well in advance. This kit should include non-perishable food items, water (at least one gallon per person per day for several days), a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener, necessary medications, personal hygiene items, important documents (in waterproof containers), cash, and any specific items required for infants, elderly family members, or pets.

2.      Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself and your family with evacuation routes and designated shelters in your area. Create a clear evacuation plan, including transportation arrangements and communication protocols. Ensure that everyone knows where to go and how to reach each other if separated. Keep your vehicle fueled and ready for evacuation at short notice.

3.      Home Protection: Secure your home to minimize potential damage. Trim trees and shrubs, secure loose outdoor items, and reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood. Consider investing in a backup generator to maintain essential appliances during power outages. Additionally, check and clear gutters and drains to prevent water buildup.

4.      Stay Informed: Stay tuned to local news and weather updates through reliable sources such as NOAA Weather Radio, local radio stations, or smartphone apps. Pay attention to evacuation orders and advisories issued by authorities. Keep communication devices charged and ensure access to alternative power sources such as portable chargers.

5.      Family Communication Plan: Establish a family communication plan to stay connected during the hurricane and its aftermath. Designate an out-of-town contact person whom family members can notify of their whereabouts and safety status. Ensure that everyone knows how to communicate in case of separated or disrupted communication channels.

By preparing in advance and following these guidelines, you can increase your resilience and safety in the event of a hurricane.

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