Fast Facts: How to Prepare

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The National Hurricane Center (search) lists the following preparedness tips:

—Securely fasten impact-resistant shutters over all large windows and glass doors. Shutters can be made from metal or plywood.

—Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

—Locate the safest areas in your home or community for each hurricane hazard.

—Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

—Stock nonperishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit, containing water, food, first-aid supplies, cashly covered by homeowners insurance.