As 2011 proved, hurricanes DO happen here

Posted at: 07/17/2012 11:05 AM

Living in upstate New York, it is easy for us to brush off hurricanes as something that only affects southern states around the Gulf. But as Hurricane Irene showed us last year, hurricanes can and do affect our region. While we may not experience the high winds that often accompany them, we can experience extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in floods and landslides.

If your area comes under a Hurricane Watch (Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours), the American Red Cross suggests the following actions to keep you ahead of the storm:

• Listen to your local weather forecast to see if a Hurricane Warning has been issued
• A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours
• If a Warning is issued, complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities

Check your disaster supplies
• At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food
• Flashlight, radio, and cellphone with charger
• First aid kit and medications
• Make sure to secure all doors and windows
• Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out
• Unplug all small appliances and turn off propane tanks
• Fill your car’s gas tank

For additional information please visit the American Red Cross website

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