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Hurricane Preparedness: Protect yourself from high winds and tornadoes

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Hurricane preparedness week is underway. Today, we're taking a look at ways to protect yourself from high winds and tornadoes. Deciding to get prepared for a hurricane or a tornado after experiencing one is not the best plan. Randy Thompson, Brunswick County Emergency Services director, said, "Being prepared, that is your best way and means of defense, because you can get out of harms way, you just need to be made aware of it." Brunswick County Emergency Services officials are doing what they can to gear up for another hurricane season. Thompson said the most important challenge his agency faces is making sure the community is informed. With severe weather sometimes taking unpredictable turns, he said having a safety strategy could protect you and your loved ones. "There's a lot of different components that you would have to deal with from the rain, to the severe winds, to the inland flooding, so there are a number of things you have to account for when you are doing your plan," said Thompson. High winds and tornadoes can easily turn loose debris into a major hazard. Creating a plan is the first step. Designate a safe room with no widows for you to stay in until the severe weather has passed. Also, make sure to protect and secure all windows in your home. Next, check out your property, trim dead tree limbs, and secure landscaping materials and lawn furniture. "We are ready for this season. We are hoping that this will be a quiet season again but we certainly know that storms can occur anytime and we just need to be ready for those," said Thompson. Brunswick County Emergency Services will be hosting a hurricane preparedness public forum for residents on June 5 It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Brunswick Community College. Residents will be able to ask questions and discuss their concerns with emergency officials as we head into hurricane season.

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