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Every year about this time we need to dust off our Hurricane Preparedness Lists. The season officially starts June 1st but there has already been two named storms. The forecast is that it will be a normal year. The thing about Hurricanes of course are that if they hit you then normal is out the window.
Do you know the latest about how to protect your windows during a Hurricane? Most of the damage is done by flying debris. There are many things that need to be considered and they often change depending on the storm. I know the readers from Rural North Carolina have their list ready. It will help you ensure that nothing is forgotten. Typically about three days before anticipated landfall you need to secure any outside materials that are in danger of being blown around. Remember that if it can be blown around it can damage someone’s property. The best way is to secure things are to put it securely in a building.
Depending on your location, strength of the storm, and inclination you have to decide about 48 hours before anticipated landfall whether you will stay or evacuate. Most folks that have ever ridden out a hurricane will tell you it is loud long sustained winds with constant rain and the threat of tornadoes. Generally it is better to find somewhere else to be rather than sit through one.
No matter what you do make sure you have a family evacuation plan and preparations for food and shelter for yourself and animals. The last place you want to end up is a FEMA shelter. Remember one key point is that in inland areas the most risk of death is from flooding. For a lot of us Hurricane Preparedness is a common event. We have ridden out numerous storms but you better believe that we realize they are finicky storms and the predictions are often off. Pay attention and have solid plans in place for all scenarios.
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