Be Prepared,Mrs.Ramsey,Keyona Johnson Feb 11,2014

A Hurricane is a tropical cyclone better known as a extremely dangerous tropical storm that forms in the southern region of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific Ocean .Hurricanes are most likely to happen at the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. Heavy rain and floods are experienced in parts of the southwestern region of the United States and the Pacific Coast that spawn from Mexico.

The average Atlantic Hurricane season last from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage with exceeding winds at 155 mph. With these winds hurricanes can cause extensive damage from extremely heavy rainfall. Floods and flying objects from excessive winds cause the most deadly and destructive results.

In order to stay safe before, during, and after a Hurricane down below is a copy of a Hurricane preparedness plan

Things to do Before a Hurricane occurs:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
  • Know and observe your surroundings
  • Study and know the elevation of your surroundings
  • Study the elevation of your property and know if it is prone to have a flood
  • Identify the levees and dams in your neighborhood and determine if they are harmful to you
  • Learn, study, and communicate community hurricane evacuation routes
  • Always plan ahead of time to secure your property
  • Check trees and make sure they are well trimmed so they will be wind resistent
  • Clean all gutters and rain spouts
  • Reinforce garage doors to keep heavy damage and wind out
  • Bring in all outside furniture and anything that has to be tied down
  • Install a generator for emergencies
  • If you are in a high rise building go below the 10th floor


  • Always watch the news and listen to the radio
  • Make sure your home is safe and secure, close ALL storm shutters and windows
  • Turn off ALL utilities when instructed to do so
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Save phone use for emergencies only
  • Ensure a large supply of water for sanitary purposes


  • Continue listening to a NOAA weather radio station or local news
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding after the storm has passed
  • If lost or separated from family contact American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767
  • If evacuated return home when told
  • Contact the nearest shelter if not able to return to your home
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges
  • Stay off the streets!
  • Report and stay away from hanging or loose power lines
  • Before entering your home Examine the outside of your home for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage
  • Stay out if you smell gas , and or if flood waters remain or a fire has occurred
  • Inspect your home for damage .Take pictures of the building and contents for insurance purposes
  • Use battery powered flashlights only .DO NOT use candles {note the flashlight should be turned on before entering the building-the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas}
  • Avoid any use of tap water
  • Use phones only for emergencies
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes,crawlspaces, or sheds it can and or will build and distribute carbon monoxide

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