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000 NOUS41 KBOX 181329 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-191300- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 929 AM EDT FRI JUL 18 2014 ...HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND... ...RULES OF THUMB FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HURRICANES - PART 5... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THIS WEEK AS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE FOLLOWING IS THE LAST IN A SERIES OF FIVE STATEMENTS. THE LAST RULE OF THUMB FOR NEW ENGLAND HURRICANES IS THIS...BE PREPARED TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT FOR AT LEAST THREE DAYS UP TO ONE WEEK. THIS MEANS HAVING ENOUGH FOOD...WATER AND MEDICINES FOR ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY. IF YOU HAVE PETS...DO NOT FORGET THEIR NEEDS AS WELL. A HURRICANE STRIKE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WILL DISRUPT NORMAL ACTIVITIES. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY FOR MANY ROADS TO BE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING...FALLEN TREES OR DEBRIS. UNTIL THE WATER RECEDES...OR THE DEBRIS REMOVED...IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL. THAT MEANS NO TRIPS TO THE GROCERY OR CONVENIENCE STORE...OR RESTAURANTS FOR FOOD OR DRINK. THIS ALSO MEANS EMERGENCY SERVICES...SUCH AS POLICE...FIRE AND AMBULANCE...MAY ALSO BE INTERRUPTED. ELECTRIC AND TELEPHONE SERVICES MAY BE UNAVAILABLE FOR DAYS... INCLUDING CELLULAR PHONES. PRIOR TO THE START OF HURRICANE SEASON...IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO ESTABLISH A COMMON CONTACT WELL AWAY FROM THE EAST OR SOUTH COASTS. AS THE STORM APPROACHES... YOU CAN CONTACT THAT PERSON TO INFORM THEM THAT YOU HAVE MOVED TO A SAFE SHELTER. FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHOULD KNOW TO CONTACT THAT PERSON TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING. PUTTING TOGETHER A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE IF DONE ALL AT ONCE. TRY BUILDING YOUR KIT SLOWLY...BY PURCHASING ONE OR TWO ITEMS PER WEEK. A BASIC KIT SHOULD CONTAIN AT LEAST... * ONE GALLON OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY FOR DRINKING AND SANITATION * NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND A MANUAL CAN OPENER * BATTERY POWERED OR HAND CRANK RADIO AND A NOAA ALL-HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO - INCLUDE EXTRA BATTERIES FOR EACH * FLASHLIGHTS OR LAMPS - INCLUDE EXTRA BATTERIES * FIRST AID KIT * EXTRA GLASSES AND ANY MEDICINES * A WHISTLE TO SIGNAL FOR HELP * A WRENCH OR PLIERS TO TURN OFF UTILITIES * MOIST TOWELETTES...GARBAGE BAGS AND PLASTIC TIES FOR SANITATION * LOCAL MAPS DO NOT USE CANDLES OR AN OPEN FLAME AS A SOURCE OF LIGHT AFTER A MAJOR STORM. FIRE SERVICES WILL LIKELY BE DISRUPTED...AND A SMALL FIRE COULD GET OUT OF HAND QUICKLY. IF THERE HAPPENS TO BE A NATURAL GAS LEAK NEARBY OR SOME KIND OF FUEL IN FLOOD WATERS...A BAD SITUATION COULD BE MADE MUCH WORSE. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. THERE IS NO ADVANCE NOTICE WHEN POWER COULD RETURN TO THE LINES. OR...SOMEONE ON THE STREET COULD HAVE HOOKED UP THEIR PORTABLE GENERATOR IMPROPERLY. FOR MORE SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT SHOULD GO INTO A DISASTER KIT... PLEASE VISIT WWW.READY.GOV/AMERICA/GETAKIT /ALL IN LOWERCASE/. YOU COULD ALSO VISIT THE WEBSITE OF YOUR STATES EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY OR OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY. $$ FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/US.NATIONALWEATHERSERVICE.BOSTON.GOV YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @NWSBOSTON

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