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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
441 PM EDT Wed Jul 10 2024

...HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...

Disaster Supplies...

The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared July
8th through July 12th as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Each day
this week we will highlight a different preparedness topic.

The storm tide, inundation, can arrive several hours ahead of the
tropical cyclone  eye, potentially resulting in the closure of
evacuation routes for an area. Even if the decision to leave is
made, it may no longer be possible to do so. Do not wait to leave
if asked to evacuate.

Be prepared to be self sufficient for at least three days and up
to one week. This means having enough food, water, and medicines
for all members of your family.

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 is removed, it may not be possible to travel. That
means no trips to the grocery store, convenience store, or
restaurants. This also means emergency services, such as police,
fire, and ambulance may be interrupted.

Electric and telephone services may be unavailable for days,
including cellular phones. Prior to the start of the 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.

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 quickly get out of hand. 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.

For more suggestions on what should go into a disaster kit
please visit www.ready.gov/america/getakit.

$$

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