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Tips on preparing for East Coast superstorm

Published On: Oct 27 2012 01:36:37 PM CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips on how to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and other tropical storms. Sandy is expected to be especially disastrous when it merges with a winter storm system, bringing powerful winds, rain, snow and storm surge along the Eastern Seaboard.

Before the hurricane:

— Know your surroundings and whether your home is in a flood prone area. Determine where you would go — and how you would get there — if you were ordered to evacuate

— Cover your home's windows, either with permanent storm shutters or marine plywood at least 5/8 of an inch thick

— Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed

— Clear clogged rain gutters

— Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else that could blow away.

— Install a generator for emergencies

During:

— Listen to the radio or TV for information

— Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors

— Turn off propane tanks

— Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies

— Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water

— Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors

Do not:

— Drive into low-lying areas or over roads and bridges that are already under water

If evacuating, bring:

— Checkbooks

— Driver's license

— Credit card information

— Birth certificates

— Social Security cards

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Source: FEMA.