Handling a Hurricane; Part 2 - Preparing for and Surviving an Approaching Hurricane
You may print or reproduce this article provided the title andtext are not altered in any way, and the resource box at theend of the article is included.
Handling a Hurricane;
Part 2 - Preparing For and Surviving
an Approaching Hurricane
Part 1 of this article some of the characteristics of
hurricanes and the damage they can cause. In the days before
high tech weather forecasting, well organized emergency
services, and mandatory evacuation, major hurricanes resulted
in death tolls in the hundreds, if not thousands.
Insert adsense script about here
Most deaths, much property damage, and significant financial loss
are all preventable with sensible forward planning and early
action. Let's have a look at how you can protect yourself, your
family, and your property if a hurricane crosses the coast in your
This page will tell you more about
Advance Preparation for the Hurricane Season
The North American hurricane season starts on June 1st,
reaches a peak in August and September, and
fades out over the next two months. This doesn't mean
that major hurricanes won't occur before or after the
peak - July 2005 set new records for early hurricanes.
Unlike a tornado, a hurricane can be monitored and
tracked for some time before its final landfall or decay.
If you are a resident or visitor in a target area you will
normally have considerable warning of hurricane's approach,
and time to safeguard your home or prepare for evacuation.
But the best time to start preparing is before the threat
is visible. You can do this by
When A Hurricane Is Approaching
During a Hurricane
- Stay inside. The main dangers are flying
debris and downed power lines. Listen to Weather
Radio, and don't go outside until the hurricane
has passed. If the eye passes over you, a deceptive
period of calm will be followed by the return of
strong winds and heavy rain.
- Secure all doors and windows, close off
windows with curtains or blinds, and close all internal
- At the peak of the hurricane, go to a safe room
on lower floor - lie or crouch under a sturdy table or
other piece of strong furniture.
With a little good fortune, these fairly simple
precautions should get you through the hurricane safely.
You will have done well, and will emerge healthy and fit
enough to tackle the inevitable clean up. Good luck.
But always remember that hurricanes are short lived and
are only likely to be a threat for a small part of the year.
Think of them as an occasional tax to be paid for the
benefits of an otherwise pleasant climate.
================================================================©2005, Graham McClung. A retired geologist, Graham McClung has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors. And where there's outdoors there's weather. He is the editor of http://www.home-weather-stations-guide.com where you can find reviews and advice to help you choose and use your own home weather station.================================================================
This link will take you back to the Top, or, when you're ready, here's how to return to the Home page.
But just before you move on...
You may be interested to know that you can find out more about weather and home weather stations by receiving our newsletter ,"Watching Weather". It's published more or less weekly, and apart from tips on how to use your weather station and understand what it's telling you about the weather around you, it also covers many other weather related topics.
If this sounds interesting, just add your name and email address to the form below. When you join, you'll also receive, totally free, a 20 page guide to setting up and trouble shooting problems in home weather stations.
And I promise that you won't get spammed, and that your sign up details will remain totally confidential.
Sign up now and receive your first issue almost immediately.
ADD TO YOUR SOCIAL BOOKMARKS: Blink Del.icio.us DiggFurl Google Simpy Spurl Technorati Y! MyWeb
Last update 05/24/2011