Hurricane Preparedness Week starts


RALEIGH, N.C. - Hurricane Preparedness Week for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS reminds us that it only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena.

If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms.

The National Hurricane Center and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center issue watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.

Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Learn how bye clicking here: Share these with your friends and family to ensure that they're prepared.

Other essential items include:

Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag First-aid kit Weather radio and batteries Supply of prescription medicines Sleeping bag or blankets Changes of clothes Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant Cash or checkbook Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records A plan for anyone in your care who is not able to help themselves
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