Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hurricane Preparedness: 5 Things You Can Do to Keep Safe

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hurricane Preparedness: 5 Things You Can Do to Keep Safe

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Hurricane Irene, the first of the 2011 season, has done damage in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. People on the East Coast of the US are now readying themselves for their own imminent encounter with the storm. If you live in that part of the country, what can you do to protect your home and your loved ones?

Hurricane Irene, the first of the 2011 season, has done damage in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. People on the East Coast of the US are now readying themselves for their own imminent encounter with the storm. If you live in that part of the country, what can you do to protect your home and your loved ones?

#5 Stock up

Perhaps the most important thing to do is gather items you might need if you become trapped or stranded. Even in the worst case, if your house is compromised or you are unable to leave it, you and your family will be okay so long as you have taken the time to put together the necessities.

The National Hurricane Center has released a suggested list of supplies. Among these are first aid kits, toys, books and games, and of course food and water. Make sure that you have what you need to entertain and nurture yourself until it's safe outside once again.

#4 Keep an eye on the weather

A storm is at its most dangerous when it is unexpected. Do some research on weather news outlets to find the one you deem most valuable. If you're watching the hurricane, you'll rid yourself of the helpless feeling that it's an invisible enemy that can't be guarded against. And you'll know when it's about to hit your area or head in another direction.

Many 'Hurricane Tracking' applications have been created for the iPhone, iPad, and other digital tablets. These are as cheap as $2.99 (or even free) and as expensive as $70. If you're fairly active, it seems like a smart idea to have a tracking program with you on your mobile device; if you're driving to and from work, picking up children from school, or getting the groceries, you'll be first to know to abandon your routine and take shelter.

#3 Guard your windows

If you plan to stay in your house, you must make it as secure as possible. …

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