This is an important message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If your area is under a hurricane watch or warning, you should take these crucial steps to prepare for the storm:
Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and emergency shelters.
Make plans to protect people with special needs and pets.
Stock your home and vehicle with emergency supplies.
Secure or protect potential home hazards, such as utilities.
Stay tuned to the television and contact local authorities.
To learn more, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) or go to http://emergency.cdc.gov.
For more information on preparing for hurricanes, visit the Hurricanes Preparedness page. For more information on preparing for emergencies if you have a disability or access and functional need, visit the ADA/FNSS page.