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Caution urged in advance of Hurricane Sandy

PREPARING: FEMA offers advice for getting ready for a major storm.

Spotsylvania County issued the following release this morning in advance of the storm:

Spotsylvania – Spotsylvania citizens are urged to closely monitor weather reports this weekend and take steps to prepare for the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy on our area, which may bring heavy downpours and winds, and widespread power outages, especially during the time period from Sunday through Tuesday.

Families should have an emergency kit and family communication plan ready. Clear clogged gutters and downspouts, and store or secure loose lightweight outdoor items. Have flashlights, batteries and bottled water on hand in case power is lost and/or you need to shelter in place. It is advisable to have

several days’ worth of water and canned available, in preparation for any possible emergency.

The community is invited to join thousands of others who have done so and sign up NOW for SpotsyAlert through the County’s website at On the homepage, under the

“For Your Information” column, click on “ – Emergency Info.” Valuable online tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane are available from Homeland

Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at

Timely online Hurricane Sandy updates are available from the National Weather Service’s National

Hurricane Center at .