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Preparing for Hurricane Irene

2011 August 26

As Hurricane Irene approaches land, please prepare carefully. Even if you’re not in the affected area, this week’s events are a good reminder to brush up on disaster preparedness.

Here are some links to help you out.

Preparing
Ready.gov: this is the best place for most people to start. Especially check out their hurricane page (not a bad idea to review their earthquake page, too).

Remember that generator exhaust is TOXIC.  Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and can linger for hours. Read more.

General info from EPA about reducing risks to health and the environment from a hurricane.

Social media accounts to follow for hurricane information
Facebook

Twitter (hashtag #Irene)

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  1. dinnylynne permalink
    August 26, 2011

    I HATE TO SOUND MORBID, BUT IF PEOPLE ARE NOT LEAVING AREAS OF CONCERN, PLEASE TAKE A MAGIC MARKER AND WRITE YOUR NAME AND A CONTACT NUMBER ON YOUR BODY SOMEWHER….FOOT, INSIDE ARM OR LEG, ETC. THIS WAY, IN THE EVENT THE WORSE HAPPENS AND YOUR BODY IS PROJECTED TO A PLACE OTHER THAN THE PLACE YOU ARE THINKING IS SAFE, OFFICIALS WILL BE ABLE TO ID YOUR BODY AND CONTACT YOUR LOVED ONES QUICKLY. IT’S A SAD BUT SIMPLE STEP IN PREPARING FOR THE WORSE.

  2. Lu Anne permalink
    August 27, 2011

    Dinnylynne, I don’t think that sounds morbid. It is a very wise and smart idea. We can only pray people will be smart enough and get as far as they can to be safe.

  3. T1 Line permalink
    August 27, 2011

    I also agree with Dinnylynne. If you are going to be stuck in the house then nothing to do. Take all these necessary steps, get batteries & flashlight incase the lights go out. Charge your phone, iPad, computer, vibrator, and other necessary battery-powered electronics. If there’s no power then you must want to know when the rain stopped, this helps you a lot.
    Thanks

  4. Diolt permalink
    August 27, 2011

    I just was watching the news people surfing and enjoying on the edge of coast. They should really give up all thing and leave the place as soon as otherwise. No life guarantee. May God bless all

  5. Henry permalink
    August 27, 2011

    Think about your children. Take it serious.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    August 27, 2011

    Everybody, should stick together and stay focus. Help the orderly cautiously and Pray!

  7. paola permalink
    August 30, 2011

    Pray and stay focus. And follow the safety measures needed and we will all be safe. God bless to all.

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