Hurricane 101 – Preparing for the Storm

We cannot believe it is already that time of the year again. Hurricane season begins every year on June 1 and we’ll be posting articles over the next few months to help you and your loved ones prepare.

On average, 11 tropical storms develop in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico during the six-month-long hurricane season and approximately six of those tropical storms will mature into hurricanes.

When a hurricane strikes land, it brings with it more than intensely swirling, havoc-wreaking winds. Often thunderstorms, lightening, hail and floods also accompany it. Destruction of homes, infrastructure and entire communities can occur.

Successfully weathering hurricane season requires early preparation and we’ve a got few tips to help you do that.

First, a disaster plan with your family or household should be put in place well in advance of a hurricane.

  • Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surges, floods and strong winds. Locate the safest areas in your home and in your community.
  • Determine a safe escape route and rendezvous point with your family should you be separated.
  • Establish an out-of-state friend or family member to serve as a point of contact.
  • Plan in advance for pet care should you need to evacuate and are unable to bring your pet with you.
  • Check your insurance policy to make sure your home is covered for hurricane-related damages, such as floods.
  • Create a “Disaster Supply Kit.”

Also, be sure to keep these important numbers on hand so that help can be just a phone call away.

American Red Cross: 1-866-733-2767 for information on evacuation, shelters and assistance
FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-3362 to request FEMA assistance or review a previous request. (Available in English and Spanish)

Check back in next week when we help you put together your own Disaster Supply Kit!

Thanks to Flickr user The Uprooted Photographer for the beautiful photo.