Hurricane Preparedness Tips from FEMA

It is almost eerie to think that two years in a row around Hallowe’en we would have a storm threat with major impact.  Last year was the first and one of only a few snow storms that we had all year and this year it is a hurricane that we are watching and hearing how it could impact millions along the east coast.

So most important now is preparing for it to protect our families and our homes as best we can.  Here are some tips from FEMA……

Here are tips and resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Be aware of the latest weather forecast.

Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand in case your area loses power, causing ATM machines and banks to close down as well.

Make a plan for your family, business and property.

Assemble a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications. Click HERE to see a list of the items you should put in your kit.

Purchase flood insurance in advance of the storm.

Visit www.ready.gov for the latest hurricane news and preparedness tips from FEMA.

The National Weather Service suggests you have a plan for your beloved family pets, and determine safe areas inside your home, as well as escape routes if flooding turns dangerous.

Learn more about creating a family disaster plan.

Here’s a list of some of the available apps. Click on the links for download information.

FEMA’s mobile Web site provides answers to the agency’s most-often asked questions, and includes a graphic showing the flood risk in the specific area where you live.

Hurricane HD: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. $2.99

Hurricane HD lets you track storms, with moving radar and satellite imagery from the National Hurricane center. It provides tropical bulletins, forecasts, and advisories for the Atlantic and Pacific Basins.

You can watch video updates for storms currently underway or forming, and find data on major storms of the past, such as hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Katrina.

The Weather Channel: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Android. Free

The Weather Channel has fully customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed weather conditions and forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe weather alert indicator.

It allows you to get weather forecasts for your location or search by city, ZIP code, street address or landmark.  The app also includes interactive maps that are fully customizable and feature the functionality of Google Maps. Customers can decide to display layers such as radar, clouds, UV index, rainfall and more.

Global Alert Network: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android BlackBerry. Free

The Global Alert Network delivers hands-free national traffic and weather alerts.  See iTunes for Apple devices, or go to BlackBerry for a download.

The Global Alert Network is a location-aware network platform that automatically broadcasts audible hands-free alerts to mobile devices. You choose to subscribe to weather or traffic alerts, which are geo-targeted to your location.

Stay safe……Joan Parcewski   Woods Real Estate   Joan@woodsre.com   978-376-3978  www.JoanParcewski.com

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