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If your home is on or near the coastline where the hurricane's destructive forces will affect it, pay close attention to what the local government and/or police force is recommending. You should also pay attention to radio and TV stations for the latest information.

If evacuating your home is recommended:

  • Heed their warning!!
  • Plan ahead where you would go -- it may be beneficial to choose a few places like an out of town friend's home or a designated shelter, etc.
  • Take the phone numbers of these places with you.
  • Take a road map in case the weather forces you onto unfamiliar roads.
  • Do not drive over standing water, as floods may have damaged the roads.

If you are in the path of a land-falling hurricane, you should prepare a supply kit containing:

  • A first aid kit and necessary medications.
  • Canned food and an opener, as this food lasts for long periods of time without needing refrigeration.
  • Plenty of water. (The Red Cross recommends three gallons of water per person to last three days.)
  • Flashlights, a battery powered radio, and extra batteries.
  • Raingear, sleeping bags, and protective clothing.

More complete information on this subject as well as how to best prepare your house for a hurricane can be gathered by contacting your local Red Cross chapter.

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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.