Preparing For Hurricane Season

How to prepare for hurricane season

   You can never be too prepared for hurricane season and you don't want to be stuck in a situation wishing you were better prepared. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, the peak occurring between mid August and late October. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, storm surge, and tornadoes. This year there are four major hurricanes predicted to be with a category 3 strength or higher.  2017 hurricane season ended with a total of 10 hurricanes, six of those were major. Last year demonstrated just how much we need to prepare with all of the devastating disasters that happened. The NOAA forecast for 2018 estimate one to four major hurricanes and 10 to 16 named storms that will be hurricane strength.

Hurricane Ready? 

  1.  Have a plan- In case of an ordered evacuation know the local evacuation route and where you can stay. Whether it be family, friends, or shelters. 

  2. Prepare your home- Buy tape or wood to board the windows. WATER because you may lose power and water access for several days. Canned goods, bread, etc. because again you may lose power. Secure any loose items outside ( toys, gutters, debris) 

  3. Evacuation bag- Keep a bag stored in case you have to leave. Filled with; a supply kit, flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid, medications, important information. 

Follow any guidance from local authorities and always call 9-1-1 if you are in any danger or hurt.