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Monday, May 16, 2016

Did you know that Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21, 2016?

As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador in support of Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Office of Emergency Management in the Bureau of Administration (A/OEM) offers the following daily tips to guide preparedness for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

Monday, May 16 Develop an Evacuation Plan
The first thing to do is find out if you live or work in a hurricane storm surge or flood evacuation zone, or in a home or office that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you would go and how you would get there if told to evacuate.

Tuesday, May 17 Secure an Insurance Check-Up
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to ensure you have insurance to cover flood and wind damage or even to replace your home.

Wednesday, May 18 Assemble Disaster Supplies
You may need to stay where you are for an extended time until flooding recedes and roadways are restored and will need enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days and up to a week or more.

Thursday, May 19 Strengthen Your Home
Make sure your home is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Whether you stay or evacuate, be sure to utilize flood-proofing measures such as using water sealer in basements, sandbagging, elevating utilities, and moving furniture to the second floor. Click here for more information on strengthening your home against strong winds.

Friday, May 20 Notification Sources
NOAA's National Hurricane Center is your official source for hurricane watches and warnings. Your local NOAA National Weather Service forecast office provides information regarding the expected impacts from the storm for your area. Emergency managers will make the decisions regarding evacuations. 

For more information about tornadoes, visit our ePrepare site and NOAA website .

Also, please visit FLO’s Crisis Management's Personal Preparedness website to download your Personal Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Guide.

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