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Residents Advised to Prepare For Hurricane Season

The York County Commissioners, in coordination with the York County Office of Emergency Management, are urging residents to take steps now to prepare for Atlantic hurricane season, which began today.

“Residents need to take advantage of the calm before the storm,” said Mike Fetrow, director of the Office of Emergency Management. “Now is the time to make preparations.”

Fetrow noted York County is not immune to the impact of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Last year, for example, more than 1,000 homes in York County sustained damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee, according to figures reported to the Office of Emergency Management. In addition, approximately 40 businesses were damaged.


Residents should always have a kit of provisions in their homes to last at least 72   hours because help may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes.

These kits should include: a portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, food, a non-electric can opener (if kit contains canned food), bottled water,

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first aid kit, prescription medication or other individual needs and copies of important family documents such as insurance policies and identification.

Some additional tips:
• Develop an emergency communications plan to make sure everyone in the family knows how to respond in an emergency. The plan should include: what to do in power outages, how to turn off utilities and what to do in the event of an evacuation, including where to meet and whom to contact if separated.
• Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when flooding is forecast.
• Remove dead trees and dead tree limbs and evaluate the health of any trees near enough to fall on your (or your neighbor's) house
• Conduct a full inventory of all your major possessions and take photos of your home's contents

The Commissioners also urge residents to review insurance policies to ensure they have adequate coverage.

Damage caused by rising water is not covered by homeowners or business insurance policies. Flood insurance coverage must be purchased separately. Most insurance companies and licensed insurance agents handle flood insurance policies.

For more information on emergency preparedness, residents should visit www.ready-york.org or www.ready.gov.

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Media Contact: Carl Lindquist, 771-9866

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