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July 29, 2014

Hurricane season is in full swing and runs from June through November. Hurricanes can bring high winds, flash flooding, rip currents, storm surges, and even tornadoes. With the many risks associated with hurricanes, are you informed and ready to act if one strikes your area?

There are several steps you can take to make sure you are prepared in the event of a hurricane. Most importantly, be sure to keep track of all news, updates, and alerts. A weather alert radio can help notify you when important information is released, and also save time during a storm. A hand crank-powered model is a great option because it has multiple power sources and can continue to broadcast alerts even if you are trapped in your home for several days without electricity.

In addition, put together an emergency kit today with everything you might need during a powerful tropical storm. Make sure to include essentials such as:

  • A weather alert radio

  • Non-perishable food

  • Bottled water

  • Flashlights

  • Batteries

  • Blankets

  • Matches

  • More emergency kit ideas are available on Midland's Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

Finally, know your community’s hurricane evacuation routes, and plan for where you would go in the case of an evacuation. Take steps to secure your property. Consider installing permanent storm shutters, which will offer the best protection, or cover windows with plywood.

With hurricane season upon us, please take the time to review your safety plans and stock your emergency preparedness kits now. Waiting until a hurricane has formed could mean limited supplies and less time for you and your family to evacuate or prepare as necessary.

For additional hurricane preparedness and safety information, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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