hurricane safety tips


HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS 101


A hurricane is a tropical storm with sustained winds of 74 miles or more per hour. Depending on the severity of the storm, a hurricane may be classified from a Category 1 to a Category 5 Categories 3 to 5 are labeled major hurricanes. The season runs from 1st June to November 30th.

 

 

 

 

 


Category

Wind Speed (mph)

Damage

1

74 - 95

Very dangerous winds will produce some damage

2

96 - 110

Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage

3

111 - 130

Devastating damage will occur

4

131 - 155

Catastrophic damage will occur

5

> 155

Catastrophic damage will occur

(National Hurricane Center)


The level of preparedness for a hurricane will, more than likely, reduce serious catastrophic damage. It is important to note that plans should be based upon a family’s individual vulnerability.


A watch may be issued if a Tropical Storm or Hurricane is imminent; there will be 48 hours to complete preparedness. A warning is issued if the system is expected within 36 hours. All preparations must be rushed to completion.


Precautionary steps that are taken during the hurricane season can help mitigate against losses and assist the National Office of Disaster Preparedness, the Red Cross and the Government when recovery is needed.

THE PREPARATION PROCESS

 

Secure an emergency kit equipped with survival tools and other items that are essential for the period during and after the hurricane. Remember, services and supplies may not be available for some time after a storm.

 

Ensure you have the following:

Listen to the professionals for technical advice


PROTECTING YOU AND YOUR HOME

If residing near the coastal areas, move closer inland.

Persons living in flood prone areas or water courses should move to a shelter or higher ground. (If you are going to a shelter, remember it will be a temporary situation and you are required to have your own supplies. Respect the rules of the shelter). Let someone know where you are going.

DURING THE STORM

Listen to bulletins from the local authorities. Do not use candles.  Stay away from windows.

Do not use electrical appliances or indoor grill. Stay alert and be ready to evacuate if your property is damaged.

Do not venture outdoors if the winds subside or come to a lull. The eye of the storm may be overhead and the wind will soon come from the opposite direction with equal or similar force.







If there is damage to property is during the storm, seek refuge in a kitchen cupboard or bathtub and wait for the all clear signal.

 

Continue to monitor the radio and ensure that the all clear notice is issued by local authorities before venturing outdoors.

AFTER THE STORM

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