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East Coast Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl: FEMA
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Puerto Rico and northeast Caribbean islands were lashed with winds, rain and waves Monday and the hurricane, now a powerful Category 4 storm, is on a projected path to the East Coast.
At the moment, there are no hurricane warnings or watches in effect for the U.S. mainland, but current projections from the National Hurricane Center show that Earl could affect states up and down the East Coast. People also need to know that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly, FEMA said.
All residents should take measures to be prepared and ensure their safety, advised FEMA Adminstrator Craig Fugate. Steps include putting together an emergency kit with 72 hours worth of food and water, developing a family communications plan, and listening to the radio or TV for information about risks and evacuations.
Among other federal government recommendations if the hurricane is likely to strike your area:
People should evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have a safe room, you should:
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site, Aug. 31, 2010
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