Prepping for Hurricane Season
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.