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Hurricanes and Weather Emergencies – Are you Prepared?

Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be informed.

If you or your loved ones live in a part of the country prone to the destructive forces of hurricanes, take special care this hurricane season. The National Weather Service and NOAA predict above normal hurricane and tropical storm warnings due to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

With as many as 17 named storms expected in the coming months, the shipping department at the Allegro Medical Hurricane Preparedness Center (AMHPC) is now working overtime to ship out emergency preparation kits to homes, schools and government agencies.

According to the Red Cross, a national survey reports that only seven percent of Americans have taken the three recommended actions to prepare for disaster: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan, and 3) Be informed. That’s why Allegro, along with the Red Cross has joined a nationwide effort during September to promote National Preparedness Month.

Don’t wait. Order your kits today.

Basic products needed at a moment’s notice:

Basic First Aid Kit

Rescue Blanket

Waterwise Distiller

Guardian Medical Alert System

Handybar 3in 1 Car Aid

Consider these products. They save lives:

Rescue Response Bag

Phillips HeartStart AED Defibrillator

Fire Blanket

First Responder Kit

Make A Plan. Be Informed.

1) Understand the storm-related hazards that could affect your family. Storm surges, flooding and high wind affect homes differently.
2) Know the safest locations in your home for each hurricane hazard and remember that the safest location to wait out a storm may not be your home but somewhere else in your community.
3) Plan escape routs from your house and choose predetermined meeting places. Look for a regrouping point within 10-20 miles from your home.
4) Choose a friend or family member outside your state as a central point of contact. Use email, blogs, mySpace and voice mail as a way of updating friends and family as storms approach and your safety/evacuation plans.
5) Decide now how you are going to evacuate pets if the situation worsens.
6) Post emergency phone numbers for police, fire and paramedics near your telephone. Ensure that children know when to call 911.
7) Evaluate your home owner’s insurance for flood damage. Most policies do not include flood damage coverage.
8) Stock non-perishable food, canned goods and store plenty of water.
9) Learn First Aid and CPR and take disaster preparedness classes.
10) Keep a NOAA weather radio and emergency preparation products in your home and car.

Craig Hood is the Founder of Allegro Medical. Craig worked as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities in Tucson, Arizona and later, as a rehabilitation specialist caring for individuals recovering from strokes and traumatic brain injury in Scottsdale, Arizona. After getting his business degree from Arizona State University, Craig worked in the high tech industry for several years before starting Allegro Medical. Drawing on his experience as a caregiver, Craig realized how important medical products and supplies were in the treatment of post-acute care conditions. At the time, the products to help his patients were not always readily available to professionals and family members. His experience gave him the idea that there should be a better way to shop for medical supplies, and health and wellness products. In 1997, Craig launched AllegroMedical.com as the nation's first online supplier of medical supplies, incontinence products, wound care supplies, daily living aids, orthopedic products, wheelchairs and so much more. The first AllegroMedical.com website had only 500 products. Today AllegroMedical.com offers over 30,000 items and unique ways of shopping including, shopping by condition and shopping by body part. Allegro Medical is America's first and largest online medical supply superstore.