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10/6/16 8:36 am “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin
With Hurricane Matthew expecting to cause big trouble for the east coast of Florida, we are under a Tropical Storm Watch here on the west coast. But what does that mean?
Check out NBC-2 for the latest updates, an explanation and what it means to you.
To prepare for these possible strong storms, take some time to prepare your home and family by:
- Bringing items in that could be blown around in strong gusts such as potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys
- Secure boats and trailers by covering or bringing them inside garages Install or activate hurricane shutters to protect windows from possible flying debris
- Have at least 3 days worth of food and supplies should power be interrupted
- Have 3 days of water for each person (1 gallon per person per day)
- Fill up vehicles with fuel
- Have cash on hand
- Have a first aid kit available
- Medication supply for those on maintenance medication
- Stay away from flooded roads and standing water
- Don’t forget your pets – they need preparation too.
- Have enough food and water (1 gallon per pet per day) for three days.
- Include clean bedding and blankets to help keep them comfortable.
- For many, strong thunderstorms can be frightening and those pets that suffer from storm anxiety may have a difficult time with a lengthy weather event.
- Speak to your vet for medication that may help to keep them calm if needed.