By Terry Orr
A couple days ago, I wrote about Tornado Safety and today we will focus on hurricanes – another one of nature’s force we endure.
What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, the generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.\
- Enter the season prepared
- Know all evacuation routes if you live in close to the coast
- Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and have storm shutters
- Have proper tools, supplies, and first aid kit
- Always have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand.
WHEN A WATCH OR WARNING IS ISSUED
- Leave low lying areas
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters
- Secure outside objects
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water
- Have several days supply of food and water for each family member
- If called to evacuation, do so immediately.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action
- Pat attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet
- Have house boarded up, or have storm shutter in place
- Have plenty of food and water
- Make sure all tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use
- Have a secure room available.
DURING THE STROM
- Stay in Secure Room
- Stay away from windows
- Do not use the phone, or candles
- Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio
- Have supplies on hand
- Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly
AFTER THE STORM
- Make sure that all is definitely clear outside and the storm has completely passed before going out
- Report downed power lines, and stay away from them
- Use stored water and food
- Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal
Here is the list of hurricane names for 2012: