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(HealthDay) – If you are in an area of ​​the US that is at risk of flooding during one of the most active hurricane seasons, there are a number of precautions you should take, according to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what to protect yourself from flooding and COVID-19.

Gather supplies, including non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and water, for several days in case you have left home immediately or if services in your area are disrupted.

You should have at least three days of supplies on hand, including a gallon of water per day for each person and pet, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If possible, include items such as soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, disinfectant wipes, and household cleaning products that you can use to sanitize frequently touched surfaces. After a flood, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks.

Take into account the specific needs of each person and pet in your household, including medications. Add extra batteries and chargers for phones and other essential devices.

Know the types of flood risk in your area. For more information, please contact FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. Sign up for your community’s alert system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s emergency alert system and weather radio also provide emergency alerts.

If flash floods are a risk, monitor for signs such as heavy rain. Learn and practice evacuation routes, protection plans, and responding to flash floods.

If you live in a storm surge zone or a mandatory hurricane evacuation zone, plan to stay with family and friends. Only evacuate to shelters if you cannot stay with family or friends. Note that some animal shelters do not accept pets.

The hurricane season lasts until November 30th.

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More information:
Ready.gov provides more information on emergency preparedness.

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