Hurricanes can be deadly but, with the advent of modern meteorological equipment and techniques, it is now possible to identify and track them well before they make landfall so that you know when they are coming.
Knowing that a hurricane is coming, or even living in a place where it is likely, should prompt you to prepare your family and property in the event that one occurs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some tips for hurricane preparation.
1. Make a plan and communicate it to all family members
Each hurricane plan is unique to the family that makes it. The plan you make should reflect your unique circumstances. For example, if you have family members with special needs or pets, your hurricane plan has to include provisions for them. Make sure that you communicate the plan to all members of the family so everyone knows what to do in the event of a hurricane.
2. Listen to guidance from local authorities
In the event of a hurricane, local authorities will provide guidance in the form of television, radio or online reports about whether to evacuate or shelter in place. If you receive an evacuation order, follow it without delay. On the other hand, do not try to leave if told to stay. Flooded roads could be too dangerous to navigate.
3. Protect your home from flying debris
Strong winds from a hurricane could send even heavy objects flying. If they strike your home, they could cause significant damage. Cover windows with pieces of plywood or storm shutters to protect them from breaking. Tie down any loose objects or move them inside a building.
Make a hard copy of important phone numbers, including whom you will call in the event of storm damage, in case your cell phone becomes lost or damaged and your contact list is unavailable.