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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
612 AM EDT SAT MAY 21 2016

...THIS WEEK IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2016...

All week long the National Weather Service has issued informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season.   Todays
topic, the final in the series for this years hurricane
preparedness week, is complete your written hurricane plan.

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins,
when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until
a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under
duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write
down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and
get your supplies now. You dont want to be standing in long lines
when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need
will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the
line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you
resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean
the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane
survivor.

Here are some things to know about completing a written hurricane
plan:

Writing down your plan will ensure you dont make mistakes when
faced with an emergency. Document all of your valuables and
possessions with a camera or video camera well before the storm.
Gather all vital documents, like passports and medical records, and
put them somewhere that you can quickly access. Make planning and
preparedness a family affair to ensure everyone knows what to do.
Dont forget to include your pets in your plan. Every plan should
include gathering non-perishable emergency supplies and assembling a
disaster supply kit. Share your plan with others in your family, and
have an out-of-state friend as a family contact who knows your plan
and where you will go during a disaster, so all your family members
have a single point of contact.

To make developing your family emergency plan easy, be sure to
download a free template that is available online at
http://readync.org.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the
following web sites:

-http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare
-http://www.readync.org

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