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Image description: Hurricane Arthur is expected to make landfall tonight. If you live in the path, please listen to local officials and follow evacuation orders.
Be sure to prepare by following these steps for before, during, and after hurricanes.

Image description: Hurricane Arthur is expected to make landfall tonight. If you live in the path, please listen to local officials and follow evacuation orders.

Be sure to prepare by following these steps for before, during, and after hurricanes.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and ends on November 30.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 35 million people live in areas that can be affected by hurricanes.

The strong winds, heavy rains and flooding that go along with hurricanes can cause serious damage to property and endanger lives. Being informed about what to do before, during and after a hurricane can help you and your family stay safe and prevent property damage.

Before and during the storm

  • Be aware of any emergency alert signals issued by authorities
  • Get to know the evacuation routes and emergency procedures of the places you and your family frequent, such as school or your office building
  • Identify the most secure places in your home, which can be a room with few windows, a hallway or a basement
  • Find evacuation and emergency shelters for your neighborhood
  • Put together an emergency supply kit
  • Use shutters to cover your house’s windows
  • Make sure blinds and windows are closed

In case of an evacuation

  • Tune your radio to NOAA’s National Weather Service to know what to do and where to go
  • If you are away from your family, make a plan where to meet once the hurricane passes
  • Shut windows and doors and unplug any electrical appliances before leaving the house
  • Pack a bag with clothes, medicine, important documents, cash and your emergency kit
  • Drive only on roads that have been approved by officials and avoid taking shortcuts that could be hazardous

Returning home

  • Return home only when authorities say the danger has passed
  • Don’t walk or drive in flooded areas or unstable structures, such as bridges or alternate routes
  • Check the area outside your house before going in, as there could be loose power lines or other dangerous objects that aren’t immediately visible
  • Do not go inside if you smell gas or if there are signs of any flooding or fire as the home’s structure may be weakened
  • Take photos of any damaged areas to use when filing a claim with your insurance company

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Plan Ahead for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season started this month, and it is important to be ready for the worst if you live in an area that can be affected by hurricanes. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting six to ten hurricanes this season and half of them are predicted to be a Category 3 or above. Make sure you and your family are ready with these tips from FEMA:

Create an Emergency Kit:

Look around your house ahead of time to know what things should be in an emergency kit such as a flashlight, first aid kit and water and food for up to three days. Get a full list of recommended items at www.ready.gov.

Discuss a Communication Plan:

When a hurricane strikes, you may not be with your family. Having a plan ahead of time will allow for less panic during a storm. Decide on a way of communication, where you will meet and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Track Storms:

The National Hurricane Center can help you track storms online or on your mobile device. Stay alert to know what is coming your way.

Be prepared for hurricane season with more tips from Ready.gov.