7 reminders to help keep you safe during a hurricane

Hurricanes can be scary, but there are a few things you can remember to get prepared.

Hurricane season has surged in with full force this year. And the storms can cause massive amounts of damage, from both the winds and the flooding. Here are a few reminders to help keep you safe.

1. A hurricane is a large, rotating storm with wind speeds of over 200 mph and can pour 2.4 million gallons of rain per storm.

2. High wind speeds can cause massive damage to buildings in the hurricane’s path. The different categories (or intensities) of a hurricane are actually based on wind speed. It’s called the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Here’s a tweet from the National Weather Service during Irma last year breaking down the different wind speeds and the category ranking.

3. Be proactive about evacuating. Leave when ordered to do so. Don’t wait.

4. Trim all the trees around your home before a storm to prevent damage from broken branches. (Just don’t leave those trimmed branches out where they can become flying debris!)

5. Stay up to date with the forecast by using your phone, tv, radio and/or social media.

6. Make a plan for your pets. Most local evacuation shelters do not accept them.

7. Make sure you have flood insurance. Flooding is the leading cause of damage from tropical storms.

Hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30, so make sure you have a plan.

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Some other things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure you have enough non-perishable food for you, your family and your pets.
  • Water, water, water. Stock up on bottled water and/or consider filling up some empty containers with tap.
  • Gasoline becomes a precious resource leading up to and in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Fill up your tanks early.
  • Make sure all prescriptions needed are stocked. Call your local pharmacy if you need a refill, or need suggestions for how to pack and store prescriptions away from home.
  • Don’t forget to take your important documents with you if you evacuate.