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July 10th, 2013

Making sure your family is ready for hurricane season

GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Orange County Deputy Commissioner Division of Emergency Management Seamus K. Leary recently advised residents to review their preparedness plans for the upcoming 2013 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30, 2013 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has estimated that this season will be an active one.

"As we saw with Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy, hurricanes and coastal storms can greatly impact our region, threatening life, safety and property," said County Executive Diana. "Now is the time for families, individuals, and businesses to have plans in place for any potential disaster."

"Preparing a family disaster kit and planning for family members with special needs are two of the most important things we can all do before a storm hits," said Deputy Commissioner Leary.

To prepare for a hurricane, residents are advised to:

• Develop a family plan for survival and property protection.

• If your residence is in a potential flood or storm surge zone, be prepared to evacuate when officials recommend it.

• Make arrangements now for elderly and others with special needs such as those who depend on electrical life support.

• Prepare a family disaster kit (which includes the following items: battery-operated radio and flashlight, first aid kit, any prescription medication needed, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, infant necessities, personal items including books and toys, important papers such as valid identification, checkbook, cash, credit cards and ATM cards)

• Identify a friend or family member, from a non-threatened area, that you will keep informed about your family’s plans.

• Plan what to do with your pet.

• Inventory your personal property; safely secure all records and valuable documents in a watertight place.

• Have materials available to protect your doors and windows.

• Have emergency cash.

• If your job requires you to work during a storm, make sure as soon as possible that at least one adult will be home with the children, elderly or those with special needs.

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