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Hurricane Sandy Prompts Precautions in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- With the first hurricane of the season tracking up the Atlantic Coast, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency is urging the public to take this storm very seriously. While it is too early to accurately predict the strength and exact path of Sandy by the time it reaches the Delmarva area, everyone is encouraged to be prepared for disruptive weather.

Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro urges everyone to use this time to review their household emergency plan and to check emergency supplies. 

"It is very important for the public to also monitor the weather and be aware of pending effects of a storm well in advance in order to plan and act safely. "Have a plan, get a kit and stay informed," Schiliro said. "We want everyone to have food and water for at least three days, batteries for lights and radios and a means of charging cell phones. Remember that part of your emergency plan is to have a destination in mind if you have to evacuate." 

Additional things to consider in planning for an emergency include food and medications for those that might have special dietary or pharmaceutical needs and/or appropriate equipment for family members who might use assistive technology. Families also need to remember the needs of pets and stock adequate food and supplies as well as appropriate carriers or restraints should evacuation be required. 

A very important component of each household emergency plan is to have important documents like medical records, deeds or leases, insurance records and birth certificates copied and stored where they can be easily accessed and packed in case of evacuation. 

Schiliro reminds all best assist emergency management officials by staying informed and following recommendations and instructions. 

For information on making a household emergency plan and building a supply kit, visit dema.delaware.gov, Ready.gov or Listo.gov . For regional weather updates, visit http://weather.gov/phi

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