-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of the U.S. East
Coast need to take steps to prepare for Hurricane Earl, say Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials.
Puerto Rico and northeast Caribbean islands were lashed with
winds, rain and waves Monday and the hurricane, now a powerful
Category 4 storm, is on a projected path to the East Coast.
At the moment, there are no hurricane warnings or watches in
effect for the U.S. mainland, but current projections from the
National Hurricane Center show that Earl could affect states up and
down the East Coast. People also need to know that storm tracks can
change quickly and unexpectedly, FEMA said.
All residents should take measures to be prepared and ensure
their safety, advised FEMA Adminstrator Craig Fugate. Steps include
putting together an emergency kit with 72 hours worth of food and
water, developing a family communications plan, and listening to
the radio or TV for information about risks and evacuations.
Among other federal government recommendations if the hurricane
is likely to strike your area:
People should evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do
not have a safe room, you should:
The U.S. government's Ready America Web site has more about
staying safe during a hurricane.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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