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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Hurricane Awareness: Disaster Resilience
July 26, 2009
Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by all of us. If we plan and take steps ahead, we become more resilient as families and communities, better able to bounce back if disaster strikes.
Throughout this week, information has been provided regarding actions that you can take based on specific hurricane hazards. The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared. Becoming disaster resilient includes both being prepared as well as reducing risk (also called mitigation).
Disaster planning should include:
One of the most important decisions you will have to make is "Should I evacuate?"
If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. You may not get help later if you wait too long, or you might put a responder at risk trying to help you in the height of the storm.
But unless you live in a coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing, it is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate. That means that it is important for you and your family to have a plan that makes you as safe as possible in your home.
Disaster preparedness includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. Decide what makes sense for you in your disaster planning.
This and all the Hurricane Awareness information was prepared in partnership with the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Gray and Caribou, Maine.)
For additional information about hurricanes and hurricane safety, visit the National Hurricane Center's web site at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Contact:Beth Barton or Lynette Miller
Last update: 07/20/10
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