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Evacuating the Area of a Hurricane



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This is an important message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If a hurricane warning is issued for your area, or authorities tell you to evacuate, take only essential items. If you have time, turn off natural gas, electricity, and water and disconnect appliances. Make sure your automobile’s emergency kit is ready. Be sure to take prescription drugs and medical supplies with you. Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.

To learn more, contact your local emergency management authorities or call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) or go to

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