-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Federal officials on
Wednesday urged residents of the U.S. East Coast to begin making
emergency preparations for Hurricane Irene, a "category 3" storm
with winds up to 115 miles per hour that has already battered
several Caribbean islands and the Bahamas.
The current forecast track places the center of Irene just off
the North Carolina/Virginia coast on Sunday morning and over New
England by Monday morning, according to the U.S. National Weather
Evacuations were already under way on Ocracoke, a small barrier
island that is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Federal
officials say Irene could cause flooding and power outages as far
north as Maine.
All residents should take steps to be prepared and ensure their
safety, said Craig Fugate, head of the Federal Emergency Management
"It's going to be close and whether we get a brush or whether we have a landfall, it's too early to say," said Fugate, who appeared Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America. "Go ahead and make sure you're ready and then if evacuations are required, heed those evacuation orders."
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 website 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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