Frederick County Citizens To Take Lifesaving Steps To Prepare For Hurricane Season

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Hurricane Season

Americans are more attuned than ever to the power of hurricanes and severe weather -- the widespread devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 hurricane season is etched into the nation's collective memory.

The beginning of the season brings a single question: "Are my loved ones and I prepared for an unexpected situation?" No matter where one lives -- the return of hurricane season on June 1 is a call to action to check family emergency plans and restock emergency supply kits. The 2007 hurricane season is predicted to be above-average activity. There is no way to know how many hurricanes will make landfall or how much damage they may wreak.

Frederick County Emergency Planning and Management Division Director Jack Markey advises, "Citizens should be aware that tornados, flash-flooding and river flooding -- our most likely natural hazard events to result from a hurricane -- can occur at any time with far less warning than is typically available for a hurricane. The time to prepare is now."

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Every family can follow the same basic emergency preparedness strategy, whether in a hurricane-prone area or elsewhere -- get a kit, make a plan and be informed by knowing the types of disasters that can occur in a community.

Advanced warning systems today are better than ever before. They can offer communities time to evacuate potentially affected areas when a storm is imminent. "It's important to remember that just because you were safe last year, it doesn't mean you shouldn't evacuate when told to this year.

The time to prepare is now. Create your personal disaster and evacuation plan and make sure you build an emergency supply kit. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation is your best protection," said Judy Peterson, Director of Emergency Services for the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit

Families should gather enough emergency supplies to meet their needs. A portable kit, stored in a sturdy, easy to carry, water resistant container should have enough supplies for three days. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home and to keep a smaller kit in the trunk of a car. An emergency supply kit should include:

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