Hurricane Prep

May 23-29, 2010 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricanes encompass many hazards – storm surge, high winds, heavy rains, flooding and even tornadoes. The official Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.  As peak season approaches, it is important to understand and prepare for hurricane hazards.

Viewer Tip: This is the perfect time to make a family disaster plan. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center offers these tips for creating your family disaster plan:

  • Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your home and check your insurance coverage. Many home insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
  • Learn evacuation routes for your community and choose a meeting place for family members. Designate an out-of-state friend or family member as a point of contact for all family members in case you are separated.
  • Choose a safe room in your home in case you have to shelter in place. Put together a disaster supply kit. For a list of items to include inyour kit, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml.
  • Make a plan for pets in the event of evacuation. Most shelters will not allow pets.
  • Have a NOAA Weather Radio handy to listen for weather information and warnings.

Find these and additional preparedness tips at www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml.

Learn more about National Hurricane Preparedness Week at www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml.


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