-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Federal officials on
Thursday continued to urge residents of the U.S. East Coast to make
emergency preparations for Hurricane Irene, a "category 3" storm
with winds up to 115 miles per hour.
The current forecast places the center of Irene just off the
North Carolina/Virginia coast on Saturday and over New England by
Monday morning, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
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, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
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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