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The official 2021 Hurricane Season is in three (3) days.  Disaster experts were not surprised that last week tropical storm Ana was named. Preseason systems, like Ana, that form before June 1, the official start of hurricane season, is a trend that started in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is considering changing the official date to May 15 so that citizens can get ready as hurricanes develop and move ashore.  Before the media begins to broadcast threats of approaching storms, which tends to make people anxious and indecisive, there are few things you can do to get ready. Many factors are important, but this post will discuss ways to keep you and you family safe.

The most important thing you can do is to create a disaster plan before a hurricane. The plan enables you and your family to move into action in spite of the uneasy feelings disasters engenders.

>Discuss your disaster plan with friends and family.

>Decide what you and your family will do when hurricanes are predicted.

>Discuss where you and your family will go to safety.

>Discuss optional routes you will take to get out of danger because traffic may be congested.

>Have the numbers of family and friends on paper in case your telephone service is interrupted.

>Keep all personal and family important documents (such as mortgage, insurance, living wills, etc.,) in a waterproof travel safety box.

Next week’s post will give suggestions on additional factors you need to do before you are faced with the threat of a hurricane. Stay safe.

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