Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are getting stronger and more frequent, so even the small ones can bring the pain. Being prepared can lower your family’s risk of injury, death, or loss of property in the event that a roided out tropical storm hunts you down.

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Hurricane Facts

Tropical storms are upgraded to hurricane status once wind speeds reach 74mph.

Category 5 hurricanes have 157+mph winds that fully destroy the areas they hit. Houses? Poof! Gone.

Winds calm down as storms move inland, but in extreme cases, you might feel hurricane force winds as far as 150 miles inland.

Storm surge and flooding mean that as many as 88% of hurricane deaths in the US are attributable to water.

Once it hits land, a hurricane can also produce tornadoes. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your natural disaster needs!

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

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What Not to Do During a Hurricane

Here are some tropical storm tips for you, if you’re better with “DON’Ts” than “DOs”

Don’t Enter Floodwaters

Never drive or walk in flooded areas unless it’s an emergency. There are too many dangers to risk it. Turn around; don’t drown.

Don’t Waste Time

If you’re told to evacuate, don’t wait to see what happens, like many people do. Evacuating later may not be possible, so do it while you can.

Don’t Forget your Stay Bag

Evacuation may not be necessary, but hurricanes often have lengthy clean-ups, which could mean days at home without power.