Hurricane Safety

Background info:

A Hurricane Warning is when the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) or the NHC (Natural hurricane center) gives you a 24 to 26 hour notice that there will be a Hurricane coming your way. A Hurricane Watch is issued when hurricane winds are likely to hit land in 24 hours or less. If you have a TV in your home and you see a storm watch, whether it is a warning or a watch you have plenty of time to get everything ready for it. If the TV tells you to evacuate then I highly suggest that you should, if you don’t the you better be ready for a rough day/night. Flooding is the worst part of a hurricane because it kills more than half the people rather than the winds and or the rest of the storm. "In the last 30 years, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States." (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/hurricane/inland_flooding.html)

To prepare for hurricane, you must get
these things to survive:

● Have 2-3 gallons of water each day(per person)

● A battery operated radio so you can listen to any important messages

● It is important to locate all of your important papers(passport, license, etc.) so if you get lost they can look at any information about you.

● gather any money you have on you

●flashlight with batteries

●cell phone w/ minutes and any phone numbers that you need

●first aid kit (bandages, antibiotic cream, medicine, etc.

●at least two wks of good non cooking food(chips, snacks, canned foods etc.)

●sleeping supplies (blanket, pillow clothes etc.)

●stay away from any coastal areas

●you should prepare you house by boarding up you doors and windows, and anything that leads to outside so that any water wont get in, vs. if you didn’t ALL of the water would get in.

●you should find out if your house is above sea level, and if it is not, then you should leave your house during the storm.

Some of the signs of a storm coming are…

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●a smell that is unusual

●watch warnings on the news

●a moment of silence after a thunderstorm (that means that you are in the eye of the storm)

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Sources

http://www.hurricanesafety.org/approachingstorms.shtml

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/cheaplandscaping1/a/hurricane_prep.htm

http://www.hurricanesafetyzone.com/

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