Irene is expected to strike the southeastern United States later this week and it's never to early to start making safety preparations.
Important things to keep in mind when your location is under the threat of a storm are; keep a close eye on AccuWeather.com and your local emergency response updates and evacuation orders.
If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately. If you live in an area that often does not receive evacuation orders, in this case it is vital to have a family disaster plan.
The National Hurricane Center website outlines steps to create a disaster plan which include finding a safe room within your home, planning escape routes and locations to meet and checking your insurance coverage.
With Irene still a few days away from reaching the United States, steps can be taken now to secure your home or business. Simple steps to securing your home include ensuring your doors have at least three hinges. Also, installing a deadbolt security lock will not only prepare your for a hurricane but will make your home safe all year.
Check back with AccuWeather.com for the latest on the tropics and make sure to follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on Irene.
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