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Tips on preparing for East Coast superstorm

(AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips on how to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and other tropical storms. Sandy is expected to be especially disastrous when it merges with a winter storm system, bringing powerful winds, rain, snow and storm surge along the Eastern Seaboard.

Before the hurricane:

_ Know your surroundings and whether your home is in a flood prone area. Determine where you would go _ and how you would get there _ if you were ordered to evacuate

_ Cover your home’s windows, either with permanent storm shutters or marine plywood at least 5/8 of an inch thick

_ Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed

_ Clear clogged rain gutters

_ Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else that could blow away.

_ Install a generator for emergencies


_ Listen to the radio or TV for information

_ Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors

_ Turn off propane tanks

_ Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies

_ Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water

_ Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors

Do not:

_ Drive into low-lying areas or over roads and bridges that are already under water

If evacuating, bring:

_ Checkbooks

_ Driver’s license

_ Credit card information

_ Birth certificates

_ Social Security cards


Source: FEMA.

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