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      Staying safe in a storm: 7 tips

      As Hurricane Sandy barrels down on the northeast, here in Northern Michigan preparing for disaster and Winter weather is key.

      Making a House Call this week is Mark Thompson from Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City.

      Mark is offering 7 tips to keep you, your family and your home safe if disaster strikes.

      He recommends:

      1. If you're in a danger zone, get out! When a hurricane comes barreling in, the primary safety rule is quite simple: Get out of the way.

      2. Stay inside, if you aren't ordered to leave. With winds are at their worst, a bathroom or dry basement can provide the best shelter.

      3. If you plan to stay put, be prepared: Stock your home with emergency supplies, including five gallons of drinking water per person, non-perishable foods, a battery-powered radio and flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit and manual, prescription medicines, baby food, sleeping bags, extra blankets, and other necessities. Also, have important documents handy - including insurance policies, wills, licenses, etc.

      4. Be careful what you eat: Turn your refrigerator and freezer temperatures to their coldest setting. "When in doubt, throw it out."

      5. Make sure everyday items don't turn dangerous. Securely anchor storage sheds and kids' playhouses, and bring in loose lawn furniture, hanging plants, trash cans, and other items. If you don't have storm shutters, cover windows with plywood bolted to the surrounding wall.

      6. Use your generator wisely. Generators use carbon monoxide, which you can't detect because it's colorless and odorless. Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if the windows are open.

      7. Listen to people who have been through it

      To learn more, click the video above.

      Here are two great websites to offer tips:,

      For more information on Thompson Pharmacy call 231-947-4212.