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Preparing for Hurricane Irene: Follow Local Direction

August 25, 2011 - 5:24pm

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Coastal watches/warnings and 5-day forecast cone for storm center of Hurricane Irene, updated on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. | Image courtesy of NOAA

Coastal watches/warnings and 5-day forecast cone for storm center of Hurricane Irene, updated on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. | Image courtesy of NOAA

Hurricane Irene is heading towards the East Coast, and while the extent of its impact is not yet known, those who may be effected (even inland areas), should get prepared and follow the direction of local authorities. FEMA is also working with federal, state and local partners to take proactive action in potentially affected areas. There’s a number of resources that you can visit to get the latest information on how to prepare.

For the latest updates on Hurricane Irene, visit the FEMA blog.

Find out what steps you can take to prepare — from building a “to-go-bag” to how to protect your family, property or business — here.

Track Hurricane Irene’s movement at the National Hurricane Center’s site.

Finally, be sure to listen to the direction of local officials, and follow local updates – If local officials give the order to evacuate, do so immediately along your approved evacuation route.

Your local National Weather Service forecast office has the most up-to-date information about the severe weather watches or warnings in your area.

You can also stay updated on Twitter by following FEMA, the Ready Campaign (tweeting preparation tips), the National Hurricane Center, the Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security.

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