History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30 with peak season from July to September.
Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by destructive winds, tornadoes and flooding from these storms. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also produce tornadoes. These tornadoes most often occur in thunderstorms embedded in rain bands well away from the center of the hurricane; however, they can also occur near the eyewall. Hurricane-force winds, 74 mph or more, can destroy buildings and mobile homes. Debris, such as signs, roofing material, siding and small items left outside become flying missiles during hurricanes. Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods. Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast.
Before the Hurricane Season Determine safe evacuation routes inland, Learn locations of official shelters, Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver. Buy food that will keep and store drinking water. Buy plywood or other material to protect your home if you don’t already have it. Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don’t fly into your home. Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Review your insurance policy and find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route. For more information on hurricane preparedness visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov www.ready.ga.gov www.yourwarelocal.com