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Hurricanes 101: What to Know to Weather the Storm

HURRICANES 101 WHAT TO KNOW TO WEATHER THE STORM HURRICANE HURRICANE HURRICANE SEASON LEAD TIME STORM SURGE JUNE 1- 36 TO 48 HOURS STORM SURGE & FLOODING NOVEMBER 30 BEFORE ONSET OF TROPICAL CAN CAUSE DAMAGE EVEN IF A HURRICANE NEVER MAKES LANDFALL STORM FORCE WINDS HURRICANE SAFETY GUIDE ESTIMATED DAMAGE BEFORE BY STORM CATEGORY Install storm shutters over all glass surfaces, including doors and windows. WIND GUSTS 74-95 MPH (SNAPPED TREE BRANCHES) Position sandbags around the base of doors and low windows to prevent flood water. Secure loose rain gutters and drain pipes to prevent damage and make sure they are clean so they can safely funnel water away from your home. WIND GUSTS 96-110 MPH (MAJOR ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE TO HOMES) Make sure your disaster safety kit is up to date. It should include food, water, medicine, a first-aid kit and important documents. WIND GUSTS 111-129 MPH (ELECTRICITY AND WATER UNAVAILABLE FOR MANY DAYS) In the days leading up to the storm, make sure you have a full tank of gas. DURING Avoid windows and seek protection in a small, cen- trally located room on the lowest floor of your home. WIND GUSTS 130-156 MPH 14 (ROOFS AND EXTERIOR WALLS TORN OF OF HOMES) Turn refrigerators and freezers to coldest setting and only open them if absolutely necessary. This helps food last longer if power is lost. WIND GUSTS 157+ MPH (HOMES DESTROYED) If you are evacuating, follow roads recommended by emergency workers. Others may be blocked or otherwise impassable. HURRICANE AFTERMATH & RECOVERY Do not light matches or candles. Gas could be leaking nearby. Water may not be potable after a storm. Drink bottled water. If you are trapped, draw attention to your location by tapping on a pipe or wall so you can be found. If your home received any damage, shut off power to all electric and gas to avoid electrocution or fire. Review your policy or other insurance documents and take photos of your property damage for potental insurance claims. www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409003345844-0e142725ea3984938c8c6748dd1598cb/How_To_Prepare_Guide_Hurricane.pdf www.ready.gov/hurricanes www.sua.com/pages/hurricane-preparedness weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/hurricane-damages-effects-20120330 www.redcross.org/news/article/nc/WHAT-TO-DO-AFTER-HURRICANE www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/federallegislation/govinfo/disasterpreparedness/Hurricane_Large.pdf The Weather State Farm Channel

Hurricanes 101: What to Know to Weather the Storm

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