Sussex County issues tips for coping with Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, emergency planners are out with a list of steps you can take right now to get ready.


Here’s the list from the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center:

– Secure all outdoor items. Property owners also will need to secure their boats. Area residents should clear rain spouts and gutters and trim any trees that may pose a problem during high winds.

– Have a family disaster kit. This kit should include the following items:

A three-day supply of water. This should include at least one gallon of water per person per day; non-perishable foods and a manual can opener; a change of clothes and shoes for each person; prescription medicines, a blanket or sleeping bag and pillow for each person.

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