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"Hurricane season" is here; MEMA offers tips


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 The 2009 Hurricane Season is here and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is offering personal preparedness tips for families and businesses.

“Every home and business should have a basic emergency supply kit that could be used for any emergency, regardless of the time of year,” states MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Everyone should keep certain items around the house and workplace in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power”

According to information released by MEMA, each kit should have a portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, a supply of non-perishable foods, along with bottled         water, a first aid kit, extra prescription medication, and extra food and supplies for infants and pets. MEMA also suggests a manual can opener and a basic first aid kit are also essential.

“All families should develop a ‘Family Emergency Communication Plan’ to help ensure everyone is safe. You should contact your local authorities to learn about your community’s potential evacuation routes and the location of emergency shelters,” said Boyce. “It is important to familiarize yourself with your Community’s Emergency Plans before an emergency situation occurs.”

According to the MEMA website, the Hurricane Season in New England is defined as June 1st through November 30th.

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