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Hurricane preparation checklist
Residents of Long Beach, New York, fill sandbags on Sunday in preparation for the storm.
October 28th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Hurricane preparation checklist

Editor's note: If you live in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, stay safe. Anderson Cooper will report on the impact of the storm on Monday at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. 

Here are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches:

– Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. A First Aid app is also available.

– Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8 inch plywood.

– Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.

– Clear gutters of debris.

– Reinforce the garage door.

– Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.

– Fill a bathtub with water.

– Get full tank of gas in one car.

– Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.

– Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.

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