Hurricane Preparedness Week
Prepare now for disaster beginning with emergency kit

Dalton (GA) May 14, 2012 - According to the National Weather Service, history teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012 runs from May 27th through June 2nd.
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"Individuals and families should prepare for disasters such as hurricanes before they strike," said Claude Craig, Director of Emergency Management for Whitfield County and Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. "We are affected by hurricanes in this area due to the tropical moisture, winds and tornadoes they produce. Evacuees and other storm victims often need to be sheltered here."

In the event you will need to go to a shelter or need to shelter-in-place due to a storm or other disaster, you should prepare an emergency kit well in advance. This means having your own food, water and other basic supplies that you, your family and your pets will need for at least 72 hours. Your supply kit should also contain items that will help you manage during power, gas and water outages. A well-equipped kit will provide good preparation for all hazards from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to a disease outbreak. For more information about supplies you will need for your emergency kit, log onto www.ready.gov or go to the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and click on the Plan for Emergency icon.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. The National Weather Service National Hurricane Center website has a Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide at www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. However, remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

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