Hurricane Season…Be Prepared

Atlantic Hurricane Season is just around the corner, and with the climate warming up, it pays to be prepared. The season occurs June 1 through November 30, with peak times from August through September. If you are planning to travel to the East coast or any coastal region, make sure there are accommodations for adverse weather wherever you are staying.

The primary hazards from a hurricane is storm surge flooding, inland flooding, winds, tornadoes, and rip currents, but don’t be fooled by a downgrade to a tropical storm. They can be just as dangerous, produces incredible amounts of rain and flooding. key-west-81665_640It can take only 6 inches of fast moving water to knock over an adult, and two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles, including a large truck.

You may not think about tornadoes when you think of hurricanes, but in recent history almost every hurricane that has come onshore in the U.S. has produced a tornado, often embedded in the rainbands.

 

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Rainband of a hurricane from NOAA

You and your family should have a plan that includes the steps needed for your family to do before, during and after a disaster. Some states have evacuation zone maps available. There are hurricane preparation videos available at NOAA.

Here are just a few items you should have ready for the seasonal emergency. Visit www.ready.gov/kit for more information.

  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food for each member of the family…don’t forget the pets too.
  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Updated emergency first aid kit
  • Meeting place for the family in the event you are not at home
  • Make sure your car is ready to go; jumper cables, cell phone charger, blankets/sleeping bags for each person
  • Have a list of all important information; school, work, and family phone numbers emails, addresses, social network accounts
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags & ties for sanitation
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone
  • Any prescription medicine
  • If you have a infant: formula, diaper bag with all necessary items
  • Important records(insurance cards, driver’s license, etc)
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Feminine supplies & personal hygiene items
  • Extra clothes

Vital resources to help you prepare include: