Despite living along the coast, and even after major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, a 2009 survey revealed that most residents are not prepared for a hurricane. The U.S. Government's National Hurricane Center advises the following actions for hurricane disaster preparation.
Developing a Family Disaster Plan is an often-overlooked but crucial part of disaster preparedness. Do you know what your escape routes are if a hurricane is approaching? Do you know which evacuation area you live in? If family members are separated during a disaster and communication is unavailable, how will you know where to meet?
Creating a Disaster Supply Kit includes not only food and water, but items like clothing, hygiene items, medicine and things to pass the time. You could be in a shelter without everyday items for days after a major hurricane.
If you are ordered to evacuate, you should. But where will you go? Thousands of people will be asking that same thing, and competing against you for suitable locations. Know where to go prior to the storm's approach.
In that 2009 survey, 97% of respondents didn't know that garage doors are the structural component most likely to fail during a hurricane, yet Garage Door Retrofit kits are widely available in coastal areas. Find out how to secure those and other parts of your home before the storm hits.
If you have pets, you'll need supplies and carriers for them as well. You'll need to find an evacuation point that will accept pets and monitor their behavior after the storm, when all their familiar surroundings have changed.
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The next Pacific storm will spread rain and mountain snow from Washington to Northern California by the middle of the week.
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions will continue to snarl travel and disrupt daily routines across the midwestern United States through Monday.
With rain set to dramatically lessen before reaching Southern California later this week, the threat of additional mudslides will remain low.
The first round of severe weather in 2018 for the south-central United States will continue from eastern Texas to southern Missouri into early Monday morning.
At least five people were killed when an avalanche struck a group of Turkish soldiers conducting military operations in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.
A storm will track and strengthen from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest of the United States and produce a swath of heavy snow and gusty winds on its northwestern flank.
The same storm spreading travel-disrupting snow across the central United States will prevent the January thaw from lasting past midweek in the midwestern and northeastern United States.