The Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing, and with Earl barreling up the East Coast, it might be worth reviewing some safety and survival tips.
First of all, experts advise to start preparations as early as possible to avoid last minute rush and the possibility that stores will run out of supplies.
Therefore, families should take time to sit down and review their emergency plans, including where to go when a disaster strikes and how to reunite afterwards.
Each household should have enough water and non-perishable food supplies such as canned and dried meats, fruits and vegetables to last for a minimum of three days. A battery-powered radio to listen to announcements, including evacuation orders, and flashlights should also be part of every survival kit.
Experts also recommend locating important documents, especially insurance policies, ahead of a storm and putting them in a safe, water-tight place.
Finally, property owners should take time to protect what is often their main asset by boarding windows and doors, sandbagging around the premises and trimming bushes to avoid exterior damage.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people living in the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.
The north Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.