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How to prepare for a natural disaster

Tune into local radio, NOAA radio, or local TV stations

Always. These will have the latest information about the path of the storm, the fire, or whatever is headed your way. It's a good idea to find these channels ahead of time, so you're not scrambling at the last minute to tune in.

Stock up on nonperishable food, water and medicine

You'll want to prepare supplies to last at least a week. Fill plastic bottles with water and load up on canned foods — the kind you can open without an electric can opener. You'll also want bread, nut butters, and so on. And don't forget prescription medicines.

Fill your car with gas

If you have to evacuate quickly, the last thing you want to do is fight long lines at the gas station or run out before reaching your destination.

Store important documents like passports, Social Security cards, etc., in a waterproof container

Losing these critical documents could make a bad situation even worse, but they're easy to forget about when in an emergency. If evacuating, make sure you bring them to your new destination.

Have a first-aid kit ready

That includes aspirin, bandages in multiple sizes, antibiotic creams, gauze, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, an emergency blanket, bug spray, thermometers, tweezers, and so on. You can never be too prepared.

Keep away from both standing water and floodwater

After Hurricane Katrina, studies showed that impacted areas had an increase in West Nile virus because of mosquitoes that thrive in standing water. But floodwater can also carry disease, be contaminated with sewage, or hide dangerous objects.

Don't use tap water

In floods or hurricanes, tap water can become contaminated and no longer safe. In severe thunderstorms, the CDC recommends that people avoid being near plumbing to avoid being struck by lightning.

Charge your phone

And keep it on low-battery mode. Phones are good to keep maps Read More – Source

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