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A HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES FROM NORTH OF SURF CITY NORTH CAROLINA TO THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER…INCLUDING THE PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS.

For more info please visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

We are now in the middle of the most dangerous time of year for our Atlantic coast. Hurricane season is in full effect and could quite possibly effect some weather here in Virginia. Earl, one among three storms that are floating over the Atlantic waters, could reach landfall this week. According to stormpulse the category two hurricane will strengthen and slide up the coastline touching land in Massachusetts. This doesn’t mean we won’t be at the storms mercy so being prepared is always important. Here are a few tips to help become more aware of the things you can to to prepare yourself for the wrath of mother nature.

Developing a Plan

Create a Family Disaster Plan that is about organization more so than fear. Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family. Knowing your homes vulnerability is important in a hurricane situation.

Creating a Disaster Supply Kit

Create a check list of everything you might need in a crisis situation. Water, food (enough for 3-7 days), Clothing, First Aid Kit, Flashlight, Radio, etc..

Out of State Contact

Make sure you have an out-of-state friend you can stay with or even have as a family contact. If Hurricane’s are predicted to be too bad the governor could issue a state of emergency and evacuate cities. Having friends in other states is important if you have to leave your house behind.

Secure Your House

This is the most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property. It is important to secure the exterior of your house. Protect Roofs, Shutters,and Doors. Window’s can also be protected but are the easiest to replace.

For more info visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov