Hurricanes

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that can form over warm ocean waters. Some of the most common dangers from a hurricane can include heavy rainfall, strong winds, storm surges, flooding, riptides, tornadoes, and landslides.

Atlantic Hurricane Season:

June 1st - November 30th

Pacific Hurricane Season:

May 15th - November 30th

  • Hurricanes can form along any U.S coast

  • They can move upwards of 100 miles inland

  • Very active during the month of September

How to Respond to a Hurricane Warning

The first thing is to find shelter right away. Be sure to consider high winds and flooding when you are finding a nearby shelter. If they have put out an evacuation announcement, do not take this lightly. During your preparation be sure to listen in for emergency information and alerts. This can be vital for your families safety. If you have a generator or external source of power, be sure to keep them outdoors and away from any windows. If you see flooding, turn around and run away. Don't get caught in the flood and drown.

Preparation for the Hurricane

Start your preparation now. Do not wait until it is too late.

  • Know what areas are most affected by hurricanes in your area.

  • If you are in an area at risk for flooding, keep an eye out for heavy rain.

  • The emergency Alter System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • Find out where your FEMA safe shelters and ICC Storm shelters are located. If you can't find those, then you should look for a small interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not going to flood.

  • When making your own plans based on your location and community. If you choose to shelter in your place, then be sure to protect your home accordingly.

  • Get to know your evacuation route, evacuation zone, and shelter locations.

  • When getting supplies, be sure to have enough for a minimum of three days. Don't forget about specific needs for each member of your family and pets.

  • Put your important documents in safe places and create digital copies if possible.

Storm Surge and Flooding

Storm surge is when water from the ocean is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around in a hurricane. Storm surges occur fast and can cause extreme coastal and inland flooding. There has been instances where storm surges has produced upwards of 20 feet of water inland for several miles. This can destroy property and endanger anyone in its path.

Stay Alter and be Informed

  • Storm surges have been the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.

  • Storm Surge can erode the materials from beneath the foundation of structures and roads.

  • Homeowners and Renter's insurance do not typically cover flood damage. Be sure to find out if you are in a flood zone.

  • The weight from the water can easily destroy buildings and cause massive destruction along the coast.

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