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Early Hurricane Preparations Can Save Lives and Property

Release Date: 06/01/2006
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355 /, En español, Lina Younes, (202) 564-9924 /

Hurricane season starts today.

(6/1/06) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing information for people, businesses and state and local governments on preparations to make before hurricane force winds or storm flooding may occur. This information is available at:

Hurricane season is identified and that allows for early preparations that can minimize injury and property damage. Households and businesses should take this opportunity to start planning at the beginning of the hurricane season and prepare well in advance.

EPA's hurricanes Web site includes information for business operators on preventing and reporting chemical releases due to severe weather - which can be required by law. Local governments and community agencies can find suggestions for preparing and protecting water and wastewater facilities. There is also detailed information for debris planning, since storm debris can occur in enormous amounts that overwhelm local landfills, and can also present serious dangers to human health and the environment.