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000 NOUS42 KMHX 291054 PNSMHX NCZ029-044>047-079>081-090>095-098-103-104-292300- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC 654 AM EDT FRI MAY 29 2015 ...NORTH CAROLINA HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2015... THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DECLARED NORTH CAROLINA`S HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2015. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS BEEN ISSUING INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON. EACH DAY WE HAVE COVERED A DIFFERENT TOPIC. TODAY WE WILL TALK ABOUT DEALING WITH A WEATHER DISASTER. DISASTER PREVENTION INCLUDES DEVELOPING A FAMILY PLAN...CREATING A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT...HAVING A PLACE TO GO...SECURING YOUR HOME...AND HAVING A PET PLAN. YOUR FAMILY PLAN...YOUR FAMILY`S DISASTER PLAN SHOULD BE BASED ON YOUR VULNERABILITY TO HURRICANE HAZARDS SUCH AS RAINFALL FLOODING AND HIGH WINDS. YOU SHOULD KEEP A WRITTEN PLAN AND BE SURE TO SHARE IT NOT ONLY WITH YOUR FAMILY...BUT ALSO WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THAT WAY EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE THREATENS. CREATING A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT...THERE ARE CERTAIN ITEMS THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE IN YOUR KIT REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU RIDE THE HURRICANE OUT. A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT IS A USEFUL TOOL WHEN YOU EVACUATE...AS WELL AS MAKING YOUR FAMILY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE IN YOUR HOME. YOUR KIT SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING... 1) AT LEAST 1 GALLON OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY FOR 3 TO 7 DAYS. 2) ABOUT 3 TO 7 DAYS WORTH OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. 3) BLANKETS AND PILLOWS. 4) SEASONAL CLOTHING INCLUDING RAIN GEAR AND STURDY SHOES. 5) SPECIAL ITEMS FOR CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY. 6) FIRST AID BANDAGES...MEDICINE...AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. 7) TOILETRIES. 8) FLASHLIGHTS WITH BATTERIES. 9) A BATTERY POWERED RADIO AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS. 10) CASH (BANKS AND A T M`S MAY BE CLOSED FOR EXTENDED PERIODS) 11) KEYS 12) TOYS...BOOKS AND GAMES. 13) IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN A WATERPROOF CONTAINER (INSURANCE PAPERS) 14) TOOLS 15) A VEHICLE WITH ITS GAS TANK FILLED. 16) PET CARE ITEMS. SECURE YOUR HOME...THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS YOU SHOULD DO TO REDUCE YOUR HOMES VULNERABILITY. BE SURE TO PICK UP ALL LOOSE ITEMS IN AND AROUND YOUR YARD SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS...TOYS...LAWN FURNITURE...POTTED PLANTS... AND SO ON. IF YOU WISH TO COVER YOUR WINDOWS BE SURE TO USE HURRICANE SHUDDERS OR AT LEAST 5/8 INCH PLYWOOD. THIS WILL KEEP THE WIND OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. ALSO BE SURE TO REINFORCE YOU GARAGE DOOR. EVACUATION...IF YOU ARE ASKED TO EVACUATE...YOU SHOULD DO SO WITHOUT DELAY. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO EVACUATE EVEN IF NOT ASKED TO DO SO IF THE AREA AROUND YOUR HOME IS PRONE TO FLOODING. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU EVALUATE YOUR HOMES VULNERABILITY. YOU COULD BECOME CUT OFF TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD BY FLOOD WATERS...OR FALLING TREES MAY THREATEN YOUR FAMILY. ALSO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD TO EVACUATE... VARIOUS EMERGENCY SERVICES MAY BE HINDERED...MEANING THAT FIRE... E M S...AND POLICE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU. PREVENTING THE LOSS OF LIFE AND MINIMIZING THE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY FROM HURRICANES ARE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE SHARED BY ALL. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU CAN DO IS TO BE INFORMED AND PREPARED. $$

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