BOUND BROOK - On the heels of the strongest East Coast earthquake in generations, forecasters say Hurricane Irene could become the first major storm to strike the region in more than a decade.

In Manville, officials learned their lesson from Hurricane Floyd, adding AM radio alerts, a reverse 911 system and warning sirens.

In Bound Brook, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed pumping stations and built a levee to attempt to mitigate the severity of a flood.

To prepare for a hurricane, FEMA suggests you should take the following measures:Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8" marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.Determine how and where to secure your boat.Consider building a safe room.

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