When a hurricane is approaching:
If you hear alerts that a hurricane is approaching, it is vital to act right away.
Once a hurricane watch is issued, fill your car with gas and have plenty of cash.
As the storm is approaching and growing stronger, secure all windows and openings with shutters or plywood and ensure all loose items are removed and secured.
The garage door is the most vulnerable area of your home during a hurricane. Flying debris can damage traditional garage doors, and the winds that enter can apply pressure and carry away your roof. Listen to weather officials and evacuate your home or location if told to do so.
Why hurricane categories matter:
The categories of a hurricane provide a general idea of the potential wind speed, storm surge, and damage. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a commonly used classification system that categorizes hurricanes based on their maximum sustained wind speed.
Individuals, emergency managers, and government officials can make more informed decisions about preparing for the storm and taking necessary precautions by knowing the hurricane category. Additionally, knowing the potential impact of a hurricane can help people better to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
Storm surges vs. storm tides:
Know the difference between a storm surge and a storm tide when preparing for a hurricane because they pose different threats and require different precautions.
A storm surge can cause significant flooding and damage to coastal areas. In contrast, a storm tide can worsen the effects of a storm surge and cause even more severe flooding.
A storm surge is an abnormal rise in seawater level caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing water toward the shore. On the other hand, a storm tide combines storm surge and the normal astronomical tide, resulting in an even higher water level.
Evacuation Kit Checklist
- Essential documents: Gather important documents such as identification cards, passports, medical records, insurance documents, and other vital records.
- First-aid kit: prepare or purchase a basic first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, medications, and other necessary medical supplies
- Food and water: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water (one gallon per person daily)
- Clothing and blankets: a change of clothing, sturdy shoes, and blankets for each person
- Personal hygiene items: soap, toothbrushes, and towels
- Flashlights and batteries: flashlights and extra batteries for each person
- Cash and credit cards: bring cash and credit cards to purchase necessary supplies and services
- Emergency contacts: write down significant phone numbers and contacts in case of emergency
- Special needs: individual medications or medical equipment
- Essential electronics: cell phones, chargers, and battery-operated radios
- Pets: food, water, medication, and carriers
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