-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- As Hurricane Earl, packing
145 mph winds, crept closer to the U.S. east coast Thursday,
federal officials urged residents to take steps to protect
themselves and their property.
Forecasters were trying to pinpoint how close the strongest
winds and heaviest storm surge would get to North Carolina's Outer
Banks, a fragile chain of barrier islands. They also were trying to
determine whether the category-four storm would remain offshore as
it heads north, or bring hurricane-force winds to Long Island, Cape
Cod and the Boston area, the
Associated Press reported.
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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