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Ohio was hit by tornadoes in mid-May. New Jersey was under tornado watches at the end of May. After 376 consecutive weeks (more than seven years), the California drought has officially ended. Earlier in the year, Governors declared states of emergency in Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and North Dakota, and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed due to extreme weather in the midwest that caused devasting floods in the region.

Here at home, New England experienced the rainiest spring on record. And now we have to think about the Atlantic hurricane season? The natural question is, what’s in store of us here in New England?

 

It's Atlantic Hurricane Season. Are You Ready?

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. And now is the time to prepare.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:42

7 Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane

Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, is expected to impact the United States this week when it reaches Florida. At this time, there's no way to know if the storm will impact New England; however, it is hurricane season and we have experienced hurricanes in New England in the past. Before a devastating storm reaches our area, it's a good idea to plan ahead. What can you do to prepare for a potential hurricane? Here's what you need to help you and your family remain safe:

 

1. Prepare a Basic Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water - one gallon of water for drinking and sanitation per person, per day, for at least three days
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers and portable backup batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps with evacuation locations - find evacuation zone maps
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