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HHS HealthBeat (June 19, 2013)

The hurricane getaway plan


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Having a getaway plan can save your life, and during hurricane season, you should be ready to evacuate. Have a supply of water and nonperishable food. Have cash, in case banks and ATMs aren’t available. Have a backup supply of meds, and a copy of your prescriptions. Learn the best evacuation routes from places you and your family go every day.

Dr. Nicole Lurie is HHS' assistant secretary for preparedness and response.

“Follow the instructions of your local emergency officials. If they recommend evacuating, do it. It can save your life.”

Your family should know where to meet up, and how to get there. And you should include your pet’s needs in the plans.

“Make a plan for your animals too. It includes pet food and a leash, if one is necessary.”

Learn more at phe.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: June 18, 2013