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Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season
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Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Despite early activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near-normal hurricane season in 2012 Fulton County Health Services’ Office of Emergency Preparedness recommends that concerned residents start to prepare now.  The predictions are about normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, but come after several busier-than-average hurricane seasons.  There were 19 named storms in both 2011 and 2010.  NOAA's forecast is consistent with previous forecasts issued by the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University and the National Hurricane Center.

The Fulton County Department of Health Services’ Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is responsible for ensuring that medical assistance is provided in the event of a major disaster, man-made or natural.  Although Fulton County is located in-land, hurricanes have an effect on the County’s need to provide medical care and shelter to individuals seeking refuge from the southeastern coastal area.  The Office of Emergency Preparedness along with Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response organizations, work together to assist residents after an event.  However, it is important for all residents to take steps to be prepared based on their family’s needs.

To prepare for hurricane season, OEP offers the following recommendations supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Prepare for a Hurricane

-Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.

-Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines. Secure structurally unstable building materials.

-Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it. Locate and secure your important papers, such as insurance policies, wills, licenses, stocks, etc.

Emergency Supplies You May Need
Stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

-A large enough container for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person). Also, a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food, a first aid kit and manual, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.

-Prescription medicines and special medical needs, baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.

Fulton County Health Services also encourages the monitoring of local news casts and weather conditions. 

After a Hurricane

- Discard food from your refrigerator if it has reached room temperature.  Foods that are still partially frozen or “refrigerator cold” are safe to eat. If in doubt, throw it out.


- Do not drink tap water until authorities say it is safe. Instead, drink bottled water or boil water for at least one minute before drinking. You also can disinfect water with chlorine or iodine (follow package directions) or with ordinary household bleach -- one-eighth teaspoon (about eight drops) per gallon of water.


- Poisoning from carbon monoxide is an avoidable hazard during power outages.  Never use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills inside your home, garage or near open windows, doors or vents.  If you feel dizzy, light-headed or nauseous, get outdoors to a well-ventilated area and seek immediate medical attention.


- Weather conditions following hurricanes are usually very hot and humid.  You may not have air conditioning for a long period of time.  Avoid heat-related illnesses by drinking plenty of fluids and taking care to not overexert yourself when cleaning up and repairing damage.


- When cleaning up debris, look out for broken glass and exposed nails, a leading cause of tetanus.  If you are punctured by a nail or receive a deep wound, seek medical attention and get a tetanus shot.


- After a hurricane, it is normal to experience emotional distress.  For more information about coping with disaster-related stress, visit “http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/behavioral-health-home.

Visit http://www.ready.gov or www.fultoncountyga.gov/be-ready for more information about hurricane preparation or hurricane tracking.  For more information about Fulton County Health Services, visit www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

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