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  • Listen to a radio or television for weather updates and stay in touch with your neighbors about evacuation orders.

  • Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated during a disaster. Choose a friend or relative out of state for your family members to call to say they are OK.

  • Assemble your disaster supplies kit. Store extra water now! Check to make sure you have enough food.

  • Storm shutters are the best protection for windows. If your house does not have them, help an adult board up windows with 5/8" marine plywood. Tape does NOT prevent windows from breaking!

  • Bring in outside furniture. An adult should remove roof antennas, if they can do so safely.

  • Help an adult shut off your utilities -- water, electricity and gas.

  • Make sure there is gas in the car and you are ready to evacuate immediately, if you are told to do so.

  • If you don’t need to evacuate, be sure to STAY INDOORS during a hurricane. You could be hit by flying objects. Don’t be fooled if there is a pause in the wind. It could be the eye of the storm, and the winds will come again.

  • Avoid using the phone except for an emergency so the phone lines can stay open for others.

  • If you do evacuate, do NOT go back home until local officials say it is safe.

  • Hurricanes can be very scary. If you are scared, be sure to talk to someone about it.
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