Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Preparations for Hurricane Rita

Hurricane Rita preparations are well under way as residents of the gulf coast and Florida are paying close attention to local officials and The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Managment Agency. www.fema.com/

President Bush has announced an emergency declaration in Florida and is working with FEMA to better equip the areas that may be hit by Hurricane Rita. FEMA is sending truckloads of water, ice, meals, and disaster medical assistance teams to Texas and Florida. Both states are also being sent urban search and rescue forces.

Citizens are being urged to make sure they have a plan before the hurricane strikes. Disaster supplies like flashlights, first-aid kits, emergency food and water, and batteries all need to be on hand. Important papers like bank statements, insurance records, and deeds all should be copied. Essential items like:
  • cash
  • credit cards
  • change of clothing
  • important medicines
    are all among other things that should be kept handy.

    FEMA is also urging citizens to watch hurricane progress reports. ww2.weatherbug.com/aff/default.asp?zcode=Z4120 When a watch or warning is issued, emergency supplies should be checked and water should be stored in all clean containers. Cars should be fueled, and homes should be secured by installing hurricane shutters, and bringing in outdoor objects that could be wind-tossed. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately and take pres-assembled emergency supplies with you.

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