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Are You Ready for a Hurricane? 5 Things to Do Right Now

Don't be lulled into complacency by the calm August winds.

We're heading into the high season for Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes. Although the five named storms so far -- Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, and Erin -- haven't amounted to much, you don't want to be caught off guard if No. 6 becomes the headline-grabber.

Physical safety is, of course, your top priority: Make sure everyone in the family knows the evacuation/reunion plan by heart, and prepare your home for a foul-weather assault. (See FEMA's hurricane advice at

But your disaster-proofing drill shouldn't stop there. Here are five things you can do ahead of time to keep a personal crisis from turning into a long-term financial one.

5 Things To Do Before a Big Storm Hits from The Motley Fool.

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