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With hurricane season weeks away, experts recommend preparing now

7 months 2 days 8 hours ago Monday, May 02 2022 May 2, 2022 May 02, 2022 4:26 PM May 02, 2022 in News - Local

With National Hurricane Preparedness Week underway and the official start of hurricane season less than a month away, officials with the National Weather Service are encouraging Valley residents to get ready. 

Barry Goldsmith, a warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS, says there are different ways residents can prepare, including:

  • ·  Determine your personal hurricane risk by learning what types of wind and water hazards there are where you live
  • ·  Make sure to have an evacuation plan 
  • ·  Review your insurance policies, particularly if you live in an area that's prone to flooding
  • ·  If you're told to evacuate, don't take any chances. 
  • ·  If you live in a home that stands on a pure block foundation, make sure it's anchored to withstand at least 100 mph winds. 

“One storm can thread the needle and become one that may be memorable for a year, decade or a generation,” said Goldsmith. “So, we need to prepare this year as we would prepare for any year, no matter what that forecast is.”

For more tips, visit www.noaa.gov. 

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