The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th each year. Do you know what to do if a storm threatens your community?
Daniel Brown, senior hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center, says "surviving a storm all comes down to planning, before the storm arrives. Know the types of hazards that could affect your family and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind."
It is also important to pay attention to the forecast of local meteorologists. They will be able to help pinpoint when severe weather will pose a threat to you and your community.
Joe King, Media Relations Manager at IBHS, says that "one of the things that homeowners can do on their own is to learn what risks their property is most prevalent for. They can go on to our website, www.disastersafety.org, they can put in their zip code and that will give them a list of risks that are sort of inherent for their area." By knowing what risks there are, one can be better prepared for what to expect.
You may think that here in Southwest Georgia we aren't keen to seeing tropical activity. True, it may not be as dangerous as along the coast, but we can and are still affected. Every coastal community along the eastern border of the United States, the Gulf Coast, Latin America, as well as the Caribbean, can be affected by these massive storms.
Each year the National Hurricane Center puts out an Atlantic Season Outlook that breaks down the number of predicted storms, weak and severe, for the upcoming season. Some storms may track north, south, east or west of your community and some may not hit at all. It only takes one storm, hitting your community though, to make it a bad year.
Put a plan into place, you may need the extra time.
In making your preparation plan, you want to make sure you have nothing lying down around on the property. Things like dead branches, any other debris, need to be picked up. Lawn ornaments and furniture should be brought in.
Find out if you are in an evacuation zone and have an escape route planned.
You will also need to put together a proper supply kit. In your supply kit, have enough water, non-perishable food and medication to last about a week.
You have to do your part. Don't wait for these storms. Hurricane season can be unpredictable so get ready today.
For more information on hurricane preparation, check out these websites: