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Be prepared for the next storm

POSTED: September 30, 2009 4:00 a.m.

With the recent flooding rains, some may say an article about how to prepare for a natural disaster such as storms from a hurricane is a little too late. 

  

However, storms will surely come again and we should always be prepared for the unexpected disaster.

  

The following is just a few suggestions to reduce damage from a storm.

  

Take a close look at the trees around the house. If a tree has rot, root damage, or is leaning towards a house, carport, etc., you may want to remove the tree as soon as possible. Also, remove dead or dying limbs that may fall during high winds.

  

Keep a large roll of plastic on hand in case of roof damage.

  

Outside the house check for loose objects that could be blown away or blown against the side of the house.

  

Normally harmless objects can become destructive in hurricane-force winds.

  

Put away bicycles, children’s toys, lawn furniture, garbage cans and lids, gardening tools and other loose items. Tie down objects that can’t be stored inside.

  

Hours before a storm, turn your refrigerator or freezer controls to the coldest setting, so food will stay cold longer if power fails. Remember after the storm has passed to turn the controls back to normal.

  

Always have on hand at least the following emergency equipment and supplies: Enough canned food to last four to five days, can opener, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, emergency cooking equipment, flashlight, extra batteries, candles, matches, kerosene lamp, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and water.

  

Water is of prime importance.  A minimum supply is a half gallon per person per day for at least three to four days.

  

The local extension office has a brochure on flood recovery from Purdue University.

  

If you are interested in receiving the brochure, call (706) 265-2442 or stop by the office at 298 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville.

 

Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent. For more information, call (706) 265-2442.

 

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