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Hurricane Irene Preparedness, Survival Tips

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Hurricane Irene is expected to hit Maryland’s coast sometime tomorrow morning. Here are a few preparedness and survival tips:

PREPARE FOR THE STORM: Listen to public media reports regarding the progress of the storm, and Emergency Alert System messages provided through the news media. Emergency preparedness information for hurricanes may be found on the FEMA web page atwww.ready.gov.

Bring indoors or tightly secure any outside objects that could fly away in high winds.

PREPARE TO SHELTER IN PLACE: Have adequate prescription medication, first aid and infant supplies on hand.

Your Emergency Supply Kit should include a battery powered radio or television, flashlight, first-aid kit, and extra batteries.

Keep a 3-day supply of non perishable foods and bottled water. Have a manual can opener.

Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won’t work if the power is out. Use a “landline” telephone with a cord as a back-up.

Charge your portable electronic devices and conserve the battery power.

POLICE – FIRE – AMBULANCE – CALL 9 -1 – 1

Prince George’s County Non-Emergency Public Safety Communications: 301-352-1200

Verizon: 1-800-837-4966

Comcast: 301-731-4260

Washington Gas: 703-750-1400

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