How to prepare for hurricanes

No-one can control where or when a hurricane hits. A hurricane usually begins in the warm ocean waters and gains strength before hitting land. Hurricanes are often dangerous and can cause significant damage. Storm surges are the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States. They occur mostly along the U.S. coast and territories in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. The official hurricane season is from June 1st through November 30th.

What is the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning?

If a major storm is approaching, it is crucial that you pay attention to media updates and heed authorities' warnings. After a hurricane watch is issued, you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours.

Computer models allow forecasters to predict the amount of storm surge that will affect a coastal area. There are important ways to stay safe and minimize potential damage.

  • Be aware of your hurricane risk. Hurricanes are not exclusively a coastal problem.

  • Know your evacuation zone and where all the evacuation routes are.

  • Sign up for community alerts in your area and listen to the radio and television for the latest information.

  • Be aware of the emergency alert system.

  • Review and organize your important documents.

  • Fortify your home.

  • Gather supplies, including medication and emergency supplies

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Remember the advice - Turn Around, Don't drown!

How do you prepare for a hurricane list?

Make a plan and include the following:

  • Prepare an emergency kit: Gather together a portable radio, extra batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, first-aid kit, toiletries, blankets, cash, and clothing.

  • Secure the exterior of your home: Trim large trees and shrubs in your yard and anchor anything that may blow around and serve as a projectile.

  • Install storm shutters: Protect windows, doors, and skylights by nailing plywood pieces to the window frames,