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Hurricane prep takes some time and effort... but it's worth it

Hurricanes are powerful storms packing high winds, heavy rains, and tornadoes that cause injuries and severe property damage when they move on-shore. However, there are important steps that you can take to prepare for a hurricane that's headed in your direction.

While their paths are difficult to predict, hurricanes do tend to be slow moving. This means you usually have time to prepare for a hurricane, but it also means you have to use that time wisely.

The National Weather Service uses two terms to indicate the likelihood of severe weather in your area: hurricane watch and hurricane warning. Even though the terms sound alike, they have very different meanings. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in your area within 36 hours. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in your area within 24 hours.

If it looks like your area may be in the path of a hurricane, a Hurricane Survival Kit can help you weather the storm. Store the items in backpacks and duffel bags that will be easy to move in case you are asked to evacuate. Here's what you will need:

A few other important steps...

In addition, turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting, fill your car's gas tank, and make sure you have enough cash on hand. Loose outdoor objects such as patio furniture, outdoor grills, and children's toys will get blown around, so, it's best to bring them indoors.

A note on protecting windows; storm shutters and plywood work best. Taping windows does not prevent glass damage. It only causes the glass to break in larger pieces.

The designated hurricane season begins on June 1 and continues through the end of November. The majority of storms, however, occur during the months of August, September, and early October. By preparing well and respecting the power of the oncoming storm, you can survive the force of Mother Nature.