-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- As Hurricane Earl roared up
the U.S. east coast Friday, federal officials urged residents to
take steps to protect themselves and their property.
The storm, which had weakened from a category 4 to a category 1
hurricane, raced past North Carolina's Outer Banks, a fragile chain
of barrier islands, early Friday morning, and was expected to hit
Massachusetts' Cape Cod later in the day.
But people should know that storm tracks can change quickly and
unexpectedly, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials
All residents should take measures to be prepared and ensure
their safety, advised FEMA Administrator 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
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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