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How To Stay Safe & Sane In A Hurricane

Anyone who has lived on the Pacific or Atlantic coast long enough is all to familiar with mother nature's temper tantrum otherwise known as a hurricane. Some natives have grown accustomed to the howling winds, raging waters, and flooding so high we've thought to our self "maybe we should've built that arch." Although, that is not the case for most. If your anything like me, the first mention of a hurricane will turn your stomach into a gymnast doing flips and turning into knots. So for those of you who are like me, here is a guide to staying safe and sane through your next hurricane.

So what is a hurricane anyways? A hurricane is a massive storm that forms in warm water over the ocean and moves towards land. Hurricanes have many potential threats that may include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. Hurricane season in the Atlantic coast runs from June 1st to November 30th. The Pacific coast's hurricane season runs from May 1st to November 30th.

Did you know?

  • Hurricanes happen along any U.S. coast or territory that is in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.

  • Hurricanes can affect areas of land more then one hundred miles inland.

  • Hurricanes are most active in September.

So now that we know exactly what a hurricane is, lets talk about how to stay safe in them.

Now/ Prepare early!

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Watch local news and weather reports to stay informed.

  • Prepare to evacuate! Learn evacuation routes, have a place to stay, and pack a pack a "go bag."

  • Stock at lease three days worth of emergency supplies.

  • Protect your property! Anchor fuel tanks, review insurance policies, and catalog belongings.

  • Collect and safe guard critical documents and records in a waterproof storage container.

During/ Survive!

  • Follow guidelines from local authorities.

  • If advised to evacuate, grab your "go bag" and leave immediately!

  • Protect yourself from high winds, stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room.

  • Move to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.

  • Turn Around Don't Drown! Never swim, walk, or drive through flood water.

  • Call 911 if there is a life threatening danger.

After/ Be Safe!

  • Return to the area only after authorities say it is safe to do so.

  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or flood water.

  • Look out for downed or unstable trees, poles, or power lines.

  • Do not remove heavy debris by yourself, wear gloves and sturdy thick soled shoes to protect your hands and feet.

  • Do mot drink tap water unless authorities sat it is safe.

This is everything you need to stay safe and sane during your next hurricane!


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