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If a disaster strikes, will you and your family know what to do?  After a disaster, you and your family should be prepared to care for yourselves for three to five days. Emergency responders may be busy and unable to provide immediate care to all who need it. 

Before A Storm

Each year prior to hurricane season, your family should review your existing strategy and make changes as necessary.  Your hurricane strategy should include evacuation plans, such as where your family and pets will go, what route to take, when to leave and what supplies are necessary.  Supplies should last for at least 72 hours.

In the event the storm is a threat to your surrounding area, listen to local media for information and instructions and follow these steps to prepare:
Disaster Preparedness Graphic. Pack an emergencysupply kit. Inform out-of-town familyand friends of your emergencyplans, and stay in contact. Have a supply of cash.ATMs and banks maynot operate immediatelyfollowing a storm. Know your evacuation zoneand familiarize yourselfwith routes. Review your hurricanestrategy each year withfamily members, includingevacuation plans. Fuel your vehiclesprior to evacuating,as fuel pumps relyon electricity. Install storm shuttersor cover windows withplywood and secureall doors. Bring all outdoor objectsindoors, such as lawnfurniture, toys andgardening equipment. Disaster Preparedness Graphic. Pack an emergencysupply kit. Inform out-of-town familyand friends of your emergencyplans, and stay in contact. Have a supply of cash.ATMs and banks maynot operate immediatelyfollowing a storm. Know your evacuation zoneand familiarize yourselfwith routes. Review your hurricanestrategy each year withfamily members, includingevacuation plans. Fuel your vehiclesprior to evacuating,as fuel pumps relyon electricity. Install storm shuttersor cover windows withplywood and secureall doors. Bring all outdoor objectsindoors, such as lawnfurniture, toys andgardening equipment.
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