Ten steps to prepare you for Hurricane Florence

Source: American Red Cross via Facebook

Hurricane Florence is approaching the Carolina coast Thursday with strong winds, heavy rain bands and the potential of life-threatening storm surge and flooding.

No major impacts are currently expected for North Georgia from Florence; however, the potential for rain from Florence is increasing in Georgia and metro Atlanta.

The American Red Cross wants everyone to make sure they are prepared for any disaster, including a hurricane. Below is a list of ten things to do before an emergency arises: Follow the instructions of officials and evacuate if told to do so. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather. Remember you may have to get out on foot depending on the type of disaster. If you don’t have a car, or can’t use your vehicle, plan on how you will leave the area. If you have a car, keep the gas tank full if an evacuation order is possible. Don’t let the tank go below half full in case gas stations are unable to pump gas. Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. This could be a motel, the home of a friend or relative a safe distance away, or an evacuation shelter. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts for more than 35 different situations. If you have time, let someone out of the region know you are evacuating and where you are going. Leave a note saying when you left and where you plan to go. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection. Be alert for road hazards such as downed trees, flooding, etc. Do not drive onto a flooded road. Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Grab your emergency kit and drive your planned evacuation route. Include an alternate route in a different direction in case one is impassible. Make sure you have locations and maps saved on devices such as cell phones and GPS units and on paper. Don’t forget your pets. If it’s not safe for you to stay home, it’s not safe for them either. Prepare a phone list of pet-friendly motels and animal shelters located along your evacuation route. Keep in mind only service animals are usually allowed in sheltersCopyright 2018 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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