Sunday, July 15, 2012

HURRICANE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS


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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.

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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.\
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PRE-SEASON PREPARATION
  • 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.

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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.

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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


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Here is the list of hurricane names for 2012:

Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William

1 comment:

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