Hurricane preparedness: 5 things you can do to keep safe

If you live on the East Coast, here's what you can do to protect your home and your loved ones.

2. Keep an eye on the weather

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A storm is at its most dangerous when it is unexpected. Do some research on weather news outlets to find the one you deem most valuable. If you're watching the hurricane, you'll rid yourself of the helpless feeling that it’s an invisible enemy that can't be guarded against. And you'll know when it's about to hit your area or head in another direction.

Many 'Hurricane Tracking' applications have been created for the iPhone, iPad, and other digital tablets. These are as cheap as $2.99 (or even free) and as expensive as $70. If you’re fairly active, it seems like a smart idea to have a tracking program with you on your mobile device; if you're driving to and from work, picking up children from school, or getting the groceries, you'll be first to know to abandon your routine and take shelter.

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