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Five Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

As part of the country is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, federal officials are warning residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and parts of the southeastern United States to prepare for Hurricane Irma. If you’re in an area that could be impacted by Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following.


  1. Monitor local radio and TV for updates. The path of the storm could change quickly and unexpectedly. Follow the instructions of state, local and tribal leaders. 
  2. Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety updates. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. 
  3. Be aware of the storm surge. Storm surges pose the greatest threat to safety and can cut-off potential evacuation routes. If you’re told to evacuate, don’t wait. 
  4. Avoid driving through flooded areas. Almost half of flash flooding deaths occur in vehicles, according to FEMA. When you’re driving, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. 
  5. Talk to your loved ones and have an emergency plan. Make sure everyone knows what to do and where to meet if you get separated. Don’t forget your pets. Ready.gov has some tips on what to do with your furry friends. 

Visit Ready.gov to learn more about emergency preparedness and follow USAGov and FEMA on Twitter for storm updates.