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Hurricane Preparedness: What's Next?

This week we learned that hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared.

Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened  by destructive winds, tornadoes and flooding from these storms. How great is the danger?

From 1970-2010, there were an average of sixteen hurricanes each year.   It's vitally important to know the very real risks and to properly prepare yourself, your loved ones, homes and businesses for a hurricane.   

Watch this easily shareable video below for tips on how to prepare and take action before, during and after a hurricane. 

How Can You Prepare?    To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures: * To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit         and make a family communications plan        
* Consult Ready: Hurricanes for methods on how to secure your home.

* Know your surroundings.
* Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
* Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
* Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov     or call 1-800-427-2419.Hurricane Preparedness: What's Next?

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