The Essentials of Hurricane Preparedness

The Essentials of Hurricane Preparedness

“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” — Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center Hurricane is a generic term for a type of tropical cyclone.  Such a cyclone is characterized by very strong wind, a low-pressure center, and a counterclockwise circulation in the Northern Hemisphere.  Wind speeds exceeding 155 miles per hour have been recorded in Category 5 hurricanes.  Tropical cyclones in the North Pacific are generally called Typhoons, while similar storms in the North Atlantic are called Hurricanes.  The most intense Atlantic hurricane was Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 with sustained winds of over 180 mph.  The largest recorded hurricane was the 1979 Supertyphoon Tip with a radius of 683 miles. In modern history, hurricanes have caused the death of thousands of people and resulted in billions of dollars of damage.  The States of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, as well as the island territories of Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands, have all sustained direct hits from hurricanes. If one lives or visits an area prone to hurricanes, it pays to be prepared for this eventually.  While a fearsome force of nature, practical steps taken ahead of time can lessen the risk to one’s life, limb, and property.  Also by being prepared, one strengthens his or her community’s resilience.  The following guide is presented by Disaster.com to help one get organized and ready for a hurricane. Hurricane Preparedness for Your Home and Business “Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today, If I don’t get some...
Hurricane Preparedness: Why hurricane preparation should start now

Hurricane Preparedness: Why hurricane preparation should start now

Most people have watched the footage of areas ravaged by hurricanes. Heartbreaking stories of lives lost and homes destroyed are especially heart-rending when you consider that some of those lives could have been saved with proper hurricane preparation. Several agencies provide Web sites, such as FEMA.gov where people can find all the information they need to learn how to prepare for a hurricane. A big mistake some people make is waiting until it is too late to begin their hurricane preparedness. The time to start hurricane preparation is right now. There are several things to consider as you make your plans including storing food and water, when to evacuate, what to do for pets and much more. The more you learn and prepare now, the better you’ll be able to deal with the next hurricane or tropical storm. Preparedness Advice from NOAA – This resource provides an overview of hurricane preparation from NOAA. FloodSmart – Flooding and Flood Risks – An often overlooked aspect of hurricane preparedness is flood insurance. Here you can learn about flooding and find links with information about the national flood insurance program and how to assess your own risk for flooding. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/…-disaster.html – Don’t forget the four-legged members of your family when making plans for how to prepare for a hurricane. This resource from the Humane Society has lots of great information to help you make a hurricane preparation plan that include your pets. When and How to Evacuate Before a Storm – This link from the CDC provides information about when and how to evacuate before a storm. Having a plan on where...
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