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Posted: September 6, 2018 2:33 p.m.
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Prepare for severe weather

Hurricane season is June 1 to Nov. 30. Last year there were seventeen named storms and 10 hurricanes. 

Six major (category 3 or stronger) hurricanes went thought the Atlantic basin; according to weather.com. 

The Saffir Simpson Hurricane wind scale notes there are five categories based on wind strength. 

Category 1, winds 74-95 mph.

Category 2, winds 96-110 mph.

Category 3, winds 111-129 mph.

Category 4, winds 130-156 mph.

Category 5, winds 157 mph or higher.

Hurricanes are extremely dangerous to property and personnel, it is best to have a plan and practice it with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of a hurricane. The Fort Stewart website www.stewart.army.mil/index.php/my-fort/community/hurricane-center, advises community members to make a survival kit and replace items as needed.   Examples to consider, include: 

Medication, to include prescription and non-prescription.

Extra clothing, shoes, glasses or contact lens, ID cards, important paperwork such as wills, insurances policies, birth certificates in a water proof case or bag, non- perishable food, water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kit, a camping stove, battery powered radio, activates books for the children, blankets etc.. 

You can find other suggested items online at American Red Cross, redcross.org or on Fort Stewart’s website. You should also be familiar with the evacuation routes in your area in case there is an evacuation issued or you’re simply what to get out before one is issued. 

Do not load your vehicle with items you do not need you may end up having to sleep in your vehicle. Stay calm and think clearly, going into panic mode will only things worse.

When you get to a safe location.  Make sure you visit the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability Assessment System, https://adpaas.army.mil. 



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