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387 NOUS41 KBOX 102041 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-110845- 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. $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston