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Prepping for Hurricane Season

Jennifer Jussell6 months ago

June marks the beginning of hurricane season. By following a few general preparation guidelines, you can help ensure the safety of your family and yourself in the event of a hurricane.

What is Hurricane Season? 

This year, hurricane season is expected to start June 1st, and continue actively until November 30th. It is a period of frequent tropical hurricanes, caused by increased summer temperatures and the patterns of tropical weather phenomenon La Nina.

Hurricanes are defined as strong storms that can be life-threatening, as well as serious property-damaging hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. 

According to the American Red Cross, preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. 

Hurricane Preparation Tips

According to the American Red Cross, these are the best steps for hurricane preparedness:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service. 
  • Periodically check your disaster supplies and replace/restock as needed.
  • Bring inside anything that could be picked up by the wind, such as bikes and lawn furniture. 
  • Close your windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. In lieu of hurricane shutters, you should board up all windows and doors with plywood. 
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed so that the food will stay good as long as possible in the event of a power outage. 
  • Turn off your propane tank. 
  • Unplug your small appliances. 
  • Fill your car's gas tank. 
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with all members of your household to avoid panic and confusion in the actual event of a hurricane. 
  • Find out about your community's response plan, including routes to local shelters and places to care for your pets. 
  • Obey all evacuation orders given. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. 
  • Make sure you have insurance to cover your house against floods. Standard home insurance does not cover flooding. 

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