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Hurricane Season Preparedness and Disaster Survival Products

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Hurricane season is upon us! Hurricane season typically begins in June and runs through the end of November, with September being the most active month. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are approximately 10 tropical storms per year and out of those, 6 become hurricanes.

Hurricanes, also known as a tropical cyclone, are low-pressure systems that form over tropical or subtropical waters. Hurricanes get their energy from the warm ocean water. Once the storm systems become hurricanes, the surface winds move in continuous motions known as closed circulation. In order to be classified as a hurricane, these winds need to be greater than 74 mph. Some hurricane wind speeds have been known to reach over 180 mph!!! Since 2015, hurricanes have caused more than 200 deaths in the US alone.

So how can you prepare now to stay safe during and after the storm?

Think Ahead- Stay tuned to local television and radio broadcasts. Have a plan- make sure family members and other relatives know where to meet in case of an evacuation. Have an emergency kit readily accessible. Your kit should include first aid supplies as well as any important personal documents. Attend training so you are prepared to help in case of an emergency.

Stay Safe During- Evacuate immediately if advised to do so and make sure to take your emergency kit with you. Make sure to stay away from windows and take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level. Be cautious of flooding and move to higher ground if necessary.

After the Storm- Do not return to the area until authorities have said it is safe to do so. Remember to avoid driving through flooded roads. Make sure to wear protective gear when cleaning debris, such as gloves and masks.

Hurricanes can be scary but by taking precautions early and thinking ahead, you will be ready to act fast, survive the storm, and stay safe after.

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