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Tips for Weathering the Storm During Hurricane Season


Bringing high winds that are devastatingly destructive — hurricanes can cause tornadoes, floods and landslides. The best defense against being affected by a storm's destruction is finding a balance between prediction and preparation. Use the following tips to help prepare for the hurricane season:

Do some homework

  • Find out if you live in an at-risk area, and make a note of when hurricane season occurs — that is June through November.
  • Watch the weather forecast daily for storm alerts.
  • Learn the local evacuation routes, and sign up for alerts offered by your local emergency management agency.

Did You Know?


"Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena, and can pose the greatest threat to life and property."

– National Weather Service

Plan ahead

  • Create a family emergency plan for shelter.
  • Ensure your family has a communication plan in the event of an emergency evacuation.
  • Keep a first-aid kit on hand.
  • Stock up with supplies such as non-perishable food and water in case your home has a power outage.

Be Prepared


Keep an up-to-date emergency kit that includes: flashlights, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, lamps, extra batteries, a first-aid kit and baby items.

– Ready.gov

Protect your home

  • Keep your property safe — trim or remove damaged trees before hurricane season.
  • Reduce the risk of property damage by securing and reinforcing windows, as well as exterior doors and garage doors.
  • To prevent water damage to your property — clear and secure rain gutters.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit.
  • Purchase a portable generator and/or other alternate power/heat sources and — store outside at least 20 feet away from the exterior of your house, and protect it from moisture — NEVER plug a generator into a wall unit.

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References:

  1. Hurricanes. ready.gov.
  2. National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrators. Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources. noaa.gov.
  3. National Geographic. Hurricanes. nationalgeographic.com.
  4. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Public Education. nfpa.org.