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Learn to improve hurricane preparedness this season

June 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — Hurricane season runs from June through November. It is important to take the time to improve hurricane preparedness, response and recovery to save lives and property.
Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Hampden County Inc., a leading provider of water damage cleanup and fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, is offering the following tips to help keep families safe.
Pre-hurricane season preparation:
  • Put together a plan for your family and go over it with them.
  • Know your evacuation routes.
  • Put together an "Emergency Ready Kit" to include proper tools, supplies and first aid kit.
  • Have plenty of batteries and flashlights and at least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods.
    When a hurricane watch or warning is issued:
  • Leave low lying areas.
  • Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.
  • Secure outside objects.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water for several days.
  • Evacuate if instructed to leave.
  • Be ready to put your plan and preparation to action.
  • Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, TV or the Internet.
  • Make sure all your tools, supplies, first aid, food, fuel and personal items are ready for use.
    What to do during the storm:
  • Stay in a secure room and away from windows.
  • Don't use the telephone or candles.
  • Monitor weather and civic service bulletins on regular or NOAA weather radio.
  • Have supplies on hand.
  • Remain indoors when the eye of the hurricane moves over your area, the storm will resume shortly.
    What to do after the storm:
  • Make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.
  • Monitor the radio for information from emergency management.
  • Before venturing outside, ensure the storm has completely passed.
  • Report downed power lines and stay away from them.

For more information, contact Paul Davis at 543-5001 or visit www.restorationspringfieldma.com.

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