WHAT IS A HURRICANE?
A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise circulation of winds. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows:
An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph
An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher
HURRICANE SUPPLY KIT
- Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days for each person
- non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices/ snack foods
- foods for infants or the elderly
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools/fuel (propane, charcoal, kerosene)
- paper plates/plastic utensils
- Blankets/pillows, etc.
- Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
- First aid kit /medicines/prescription drugs
- Special Items – for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries/hygiene items/moisture wipes
- Flashlight / batteries / candles
- Radio – battery operated (weather radio is recommended)
- Cash – banks and ATMs may be closed
- Walkie-talkies / hard line phone (powered by the phone line directly)
- Keys – house / car / safe deposit box / storage facility / etc.
- Toys, books, and games
- Important documents – in a waterproof container
- insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled/fill extra tanks for generator use
- Pet care items
- proper identification / immunization records / medications
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
- muzzle and leash
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest area in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet (rally points); including a child’s school, a neighbor’s home or other public places.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. Have at least 2 ways of contact; e-mail, phone, etc.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage – flood and wind damage may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
- Check your insurance limits of liability.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies within your HURRICANE SUPPLY KIT.
- Use a weather radio. Remember to stock replacement batteries.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.