A hurricane is a type of rotating tropical cyclone accompanied by thunderstorms that form over warm waters in tropical areas. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland, spawn tornadoes and micro bursts, create storm surges along the coast, and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Nearly 90% of deaths associated with hurricanes are from water. To help prevent this, you should:
1. Determine Your Risk- find out what types of wind and water hazards could happen in your area and then start planning how you will handle them.
2. Evacuation Plan- plan on where you would go and how you would get there.
3. Assemble Disaster Supply- make sure you have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last through the storm.
4. Insurance Checkup- call your insurance company to make sure you have enough coverage to repair or replace your home.
5. Strengthen Your Home- if you plan on staying home during the storm, make sure your home is in good standing and up to local hurricane building code specifications.
6. Help Your Neighbor- make sure you help your neighbors prepare for the storm.
7. Make a Plan- take the time RIGHT NOW to write out your plan. Make sure you include who issues your evacuation orders, list the locations where you would ride out the storm, and start gathering all of your supplies. Being prepared lessens your risk of being a victim of the storm.