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    September 06, 2017
    As many are already aware, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, is currently making its way over the Caribbean and towards the Florida coast. As a precautionary measure in case the hurricane steers towards Georgia, we’re sharing top preparedness tips from FEMA that should be taken if you or someone you know is under direct threat of Irma.
    • There is the potential for flooding with this storm. When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
    • If you encounter floodwaters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.
    • Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical system. It drastically increases the probability of drowning and can sometimes cut off evacuation routes.
    • Be familiar with evacuation routes, have a family communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy, and have a plan for pets.
    • Know your evacuation zone and be sure to follow the direction of state, local, and tribal officials if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
    • Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.
    • If you have a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy, you may be eligible for reimbursement of actions taken to protect your property. Call your insurance agent to find out more.
    Please do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area. The Georgia Chamber is keeping those impacted by this storm in our thoughts and prayers. For additional tips and information on Georgia-specific Hurricane Irma updates and safety information, visit GEMA. For ongoing coverage of Hurricane Irma and where it’s headed next, visit www.weather.com
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