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Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 -- Millions of Americans on the East Coast will be in the path of Hurricane Sandy this week. As an IAFF first responder, you take care of others during emergencies, but the IAFF wants to make sure that you also prepare YOURSELF and your family for what’s to come.

The IAFF has set up a Hurricane Resource web page where you can track Hurricane Sandy. Links available with contact information for your state agencies, as well as federal resources, environmental/medical resources and news sources.

If you are on Twitter, follow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security @DHSgov for the latest updates.

However, the most important thing you can do for yourself this week is to stay on top of what your local government is planning for your community in case you need to evacuate. In case you do need to leave your home, make sure that all members in your family know the details of your emergency plans.

Make sure that all your electronic devices such as your cell phone, laptop, flashlights, etc. are charged. And make sure you are well stocked with batteries. Wired magazine has some useful tips for all you tech and gadget people about getting electronically prepared for major disasters.

For all pet owners please make sure you make plans for them too. Some media have reported that many evacuation shelters won’t accept pets, so you should check with your local animal shelter for suggestions.

Local affiliates are asked to keep your District Vice Presidents informed of any needs in your respective areas. The IAFF will provide assistance to members that have catastrophic loss of their homes through our IAFF Disaster Relief Program.

Be safe this week!