Voices from the Storm

Here, we share a series of essays highlighting personal experiences during mega-storm Sandy. Weather affects all coastal dwellers each year--but beach people remain a resilient crew, no matter how tumultuous the sea. We think you'll be cheered, comforted, and enlightened by their words and their distinct perspectives. We also encourage you to help with the Sandy relief efforts by contributing at redcross.org.

Preparing for a Hurricane

Here are some tips and websites to help keep your home and family safe.

Hurricane Storm Tracker

View from space of Hurricane Irene

Photo courtesy of NASA

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Designate specific meeting locations, emergency contacts, and procedures and make sure everyone in your household is aware of those plans.

Use the following checklists and plans to get started:
American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist
Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan
National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Organize a supply kit that includes essentials like food, clothing, water, a flashlight, and a radio. Be sure to include items specific to your family like medications and copies of important documents. Keep your kit updated and located somewhere where you can easily access it.

For a list of kit essentials, visit:
National Hurricane Center's Disaster Supply Kit
Get a Kit from Ready.gov
Are You Ready? PDF from FEMA 

Consider which parts of your home are most susceptible to storm damage. Secure any items that cannot sustain high winds and reinforce fragile components like windows.

Learn how to weatherproof your home:
How to Board Up Windows (ThisOldHouse.com)
CoastalLiving.com's Guide to Insurance 

Be aware of current storm systems. Listen closely to local officials and weather services for updated news and instructions on evacuation efforts.

Here are some helpful websites and tools:
Red Cross News Room
National Hurricane Center
CNN Hurricane Tracker
Local Conditions on The Weather Channel


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