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.

5. After it's over: be careful

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Hazards don't vanish the second a hurricane moves on. The Federal Emergency Management Agency can give you some pointers for the hours and days after the immediate terror.

One of the priorities will be to clean and repair broken parts of the house. Says the American Red Cross on wiping out flooded areas, "when in doubt, throw it out. Don't risk injury or infection."

And there can be emotional ramifications to deal with as well as the physical ones. The crucial step in healing traumas, says FEMA, is to acknowledge your feelings, and also focus "on your strengths and abilities." Remember that it is normal to be shaken, spacy, sad or angry. Talk with others about the ordeal you've been through and rebuild together, as a community.

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