As tropical storm Emily approaches east coast this weekend, FEMA encourages residents to be prepared

Families should visit Ready.gov to learn steps to prepare for hurricanes and severe weather

Washington, DC - In advance of Tropical Storm Emily moving toward parts of southern Florida this weekend, FEMA is encouraging residents along the Florida and the East Coast to monitor the storm's developing track and get ready for potential heavy rains, wind and other severe weather. While Emily's track over the next few days is still fairly uncertain, according to current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Emily could pass near Florida as a tropical storm this weekend.

"As FEMA and our federal, state and local partners continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Emily, it's critical that the public do the same," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "While Emily's path is still uncertain, we still want everyone to exercise an abundance of caution and take this storm seriously. It's still early in what forecasters predict will be a very active hurricane season. Whether for Emily or the next storm, take the steps now to get your family, home or business ready for hurricanes by visiting Ready.gov."

FEMA, through its regional offices in Atlanta, Ga., New York, N.Y. and its Caribbean Area Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is continuing to closely monitor Tropical Storm Emily, and remains in close contact with its partners at the National Hurricane Center, Virgin Islands Emergency Territory Emergency Management Agency, the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, and Florida's Department of Emergency Management.

At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States. For example, in Atlanta FEMA has pre-positioned more than 1.5 million liters of water, more than 1.3 million meals, more than 16,000 cots and more than 200,000 tarps that could be quickly deployed to Florida and other southeastern states if needed.

History has taught us that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly - and it's critical that all members of the public that live in coastal areas get ready. Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

* Monitor weather conditions and listen to the direction of state and local officials.
* If local officials give the order to evacuate, be sure to know your evacuation route.

* Know what supplies you and your family will need to shelter in place, if that is the advice given by local officials.

Hurricanes.gov continues to be the official source for the latest tropical weather forecast from the National Hurricane Center. And if you're on your phone, check out their mobile site for the latest information, or visit the FEMA mobile site for tips on staying safe before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane.

Follow FEMA online at blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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