What is a Hurricane?
What is a hurricane? A hurricane is a massive tropical cyclone or low-pressure system that generally forms in the tropics with winds exceeding 74 miles per hour. Typically accompanied by heavy thunderstorms according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They can cause threatening storm surges, violent winds, and heavy rain storms. Because we are located near the coast, it is that much more important for us to be prepared for a catastrophic event like this to happen. Although there may not be many hurricanes brewing this season, it never hurts to be prepared for a destructive event like this. Below are a few basic important tips to prepare for hurricane season. First, make a family emergency plan. It never hurts to be over prepared for disastrous situations.
- In case of an emergency evacuation, know where to go. Have a plan on what route to take and where to stay.
- As mentioned in our last newsletter, have a basic emergency kit together in case a hurricane were to strike. Here is a simple list of supplies to have, but is not limited to the following: water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, a first aid kit.
- Stay informed, connect with your community through email or text notifications for any emergency alerts or keep a battery-powered radio handy.
- If you decide not to evacuate your home, prepare your home to have adequate supplies that will last you for several days.
Be aware, hurricanes are usually followed by a tropical storm of heavy rain that can cause flood damage. For more information about staying prepared during a natural disaster visit: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes