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Preparation key to readiness

This page contains links to many of our handy step-by-step guides to preparing for and surviving a hurricane.

BEFORE THE STORM

Outside the home
What to do now to make sure you’re ready when a storm arrives.

Inside the home
What to do when a storm threatens and when it is approaching your home.

Insurance
Regulations may have changed, so be sure to check your policy.

Shopping list
Here’s what you should buy now. Don’t wait for a storm, when lines will be long and supplies short.

AFTER THE STORM

Living without power
See our tips on deailing with outages including many important safety tips.

Outside the home
What to do in the yard, in the neighborhood and in the area.

Inside the home
How to protect your family and belongings in the wake of a storm.

Food and water
How to decide what will keep and what to get rid of plus safe water handling and purification tips.
Cleaning the fridge

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  • Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people. The announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services came a day ahead of the annual march on Washington by abortion opponents, who will be addressed via video link by President Donald Trump. HHS put on a formal event in the department’s Great Hall, with Republican lawmakers and activists for conscience protections as invited speakers. The religious and conscience division will be part of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces federal anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Officials said it will focus on upholding protections already part of federal law. Violations can result in a service provider losing government funding. No new efforts to expand such protections were announced, but activists on both sides expect the administration will try to broaden them in the future.
  • A fisherman who had to jump into the Columbia River to avoid being crushed in a boating crash has filed a lawsuit against the person who was captaining the other vessel. Clatsop County Sheriff’s Department said that the motor boat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, was sitting down while driving his boat and that he couldn’t see over the dash when he crashed into the fishing boat that Bryan Maess, 47, and two other friends were on, Oregon Live reported. >> Read more trending news  A GoPro camera captured the crash that happened in August. Christopher McMahon, one of Maess’ friends, waved his arms and yelled, trying to get Larsen’s attention. When that didn’t work, and it was apparent that the larger boat was going to crash into theirs, Maess, McMahon and Roni Durham jumped into the water. Investigators found that if they had not abandoned ship, the friends would have been injured or even killed. Maess, however, was injured by jumping into the water and being hit by debris, including injuries to his ankle, leg and arm, vision problems and headaches. He still wears a knee brace, according to the lawsuit, in which he is suing Larsen for $372,500, Oregon Live reported. McMahon and Durham have not filed suit yet, but have started the process. Both are said to have suffered hypothermia and cuts. Durham claims she has suffered psychological trauma and hasn’t been on a boat since the accident. Larsen’s son-in-law was on the boat driven by Larsen at the time of the crash. He told police that he warned Larsen to pay attention and that he had seen his father-in-law on his cellphone in the past, including the day of, but not at the time of, the accident. Larsen told Oregon Live that he wasn’t using the device while he was driving the boat and that the allegations were “fake news.” He also said that the lawsuit, in his opinion, was not necessary since the other people were not hurt badly. Larsen also has a criminal case filed against him, in which he has pleaded not guilty to reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others, Oregon Live reported.
  • A Michigan tow truck driver working to load a crashed vehicle by another car that lost control in slick conditions. >> Read more trending news On Wednesday morning at 10:30, the tow truck driver was working to load a vehicle that had been involved in a crash onto a truck.  A Michigan State Police officer was behind the tow truck, and on cruiser cam, the officer can be heard asking for another cruiser to block the I-96 on-ramp. A moment later, the cruiser cam captures footage of a car losing control on the ramp, crashing into the tow truck. The tow truck driver was able to run onto the freeway at the last moment, avoiding being crushed by the car. “A trooper was writing a crash that occurred on I-96 in the express lane and this individual came down the ramp from southbound Southfield too fast, lost control of the vehicle and hit the tow truck,’’ Lt. Mike Shaw told The Detroit Free Press. The car that lost control ended up on top of the car that was being loaded. The at-fault driver was cited “for violation of basic speed law, driving too fast for road conditions and violation of Michigan’s emergency vehicle move-over law,’’ Shaw said. Nobody was injured, the Free Press reported.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear argument on the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel and refugee plan, which would limit visits to the United States by people from certain Muslim-majority nations, and slow down the number of refugees accepted into the country. Arguments will take place in April, with a ruling expected by the end of June, instantly making this into one of the more important cases of the High Court’s term. “We look forward to the Court’s review of this important case,” said lawyer Neal Katyal, who has represented the state of Hawaii in its efforts to block the travel order. Supreme Court adds travel ban case to its busy agenda. Argument in April to include statutory, constitutional questions. #SCOTUS — Mark Sherman (@shermancourt) January 19, 2018 Like earlier versions of the travel order, this one has become hung up in legal fights in the courts, though the Supreme Court ruled in December that the Trump Administration could enforce the ban while appeals are underway. A federal appeals court in San Francisco – the Ninth Circuit – struck down the travel ban last month. There is also a separate challenge against the President’s travel order going before the Fourth Circuit. The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear #HawaiivsTrump, our challenge to Trump's travel ban. We look forward to the Court's review of this important case. @realdonaldtrump, see you in Court. — Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 19, 2018 The plan limits travel from Yemen, Syria, Chad, Libya, Iran, and Somalia. In addition to the QPs in the govt's petition (below), #SCOTUS has added the following: Does the travel ban violate the Establishment Clause? pic.twitter.com/PjwjLEPioL — Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) January 19, 2018
  • Flight attendants routinely instruct passengers on emergency procedures before a plane takes off, and it is a necessary but tedious monologue. >> Read more trending newsHowever, passengers on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas were paying close attention Wednesday, when they were told to brace for impact as their plane made an emergency landing because of mechanical issues. “Keep your heads down,” a flight attendant can be heard on a frightening video filmed by Scottsdale, Arizona, resident Steve Ramsthel. The plane, operated by Mesa Airlines, had some rough moments but managed to land safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, KNXV reported. Ramsthel, who is a certified pilot, told KNXV that he could smell smoke on the plane. An airline spokesman confirmed that “a fan issue” prompted the emergency landing. “There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated,” Ramsthel told KNXV. 'It was pretty amazing, to be honest with you.” In a statement, American Airlines blamed “mechanical issues stemming from a broken fan,” KNXV reported. There were no injuries, the airline said.