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Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 24-30

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak season from mid-August to late October. Hurricanes can bring tornadoes, severe winds, heavy rains and floods.

Know The Terms!

Hurricane Watch – hurricane conditions (sustained winds greater than 74 mph) are possible. Watches are usually issued 48 hours before the beginning of tropical-storm-force-winds.

Hurricane Warning – hurricane conditions (sustained winds greater than 74 mph) are expected. Warnings are usually issued 36 hours before the beginning of tropical-storm-force-winds.

Tropical Storm Warning – tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within 36 hours.

Hurricane Categories

Tropical Depression - contains winds up to 39 miles per hour (mph).
Tropical Storm - 39 - 73 mph winds
Category 1 – 74 to 95 mph winds
Category 2 – 96 to110 mph winds
Category 3 – 111 to 130 mph winds
Category 4 – 131 to 155 mph winds.
Category 5 – winds 156 mph or greater.

Be Safe!  Act Quickly

  • Build an emergency kit.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Know you're the routes you need to leave your home (evacuation routes). Locate your local emergency shelters.
  • Closely watch/listen to the weather reports. Listening every hour as the storm nears.
  • Put fuel in all vehicles and with draw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and ATMs may be closed after a hurricane.
  • If authorities ask you to leave, do so quickly.
  • If you leave (evacuate), be alert to flooded or washed-out roads. Just a few inches of water can float a car. Think: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
  • Keep a photo I.D. that shows your home address. You will need it when asking police if it is okay for you to re-enter your area or home.
  • Secure your property.
    • Bring inside all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
    • Cover windows with permanent storm shutters or board up windows with 5/8" plywood, cut and ready to install. Tape does not stop windows from breaking.
    • Put in straps or extra clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will lower roof damage.
    • Trim trees and shrubs around your home, so they are more wind resistant.
    • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
    • Reinforce garage doors. If wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

Download the ReadyNC App!

Another great tip is to download the ReadyNC App!  The app has a lot of information that can help you before, during and after a disaster.

DownloadApp ReadyNC

 

 



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