2020 has proven to be a crazy year packed with unexpected events! From COVID-19 to murder hornets – we have to wonder… what can we expect from this year’s hurricane season? How much more can we endure?
With those questions in mind, we should hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts we will have an above normal hurricane season due to several climate factors such as La Nina, warmer sea temperatures, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon.
When a hurricane threatens, keep these tips in mind:
Stock up on items such as bottled water, canned goods, can/bottle opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, nails, tarps, and plywood.
Keep an up-to-date log of your possessions with photographs or videos.
Review your home and business insurance policy. Ensure adequate limits.
Cover windows, doors, and secure outdoor furniture.
Gather three days’ supply: three gallons of water per family member, non-perishable food, and pet food.
Fill vehicles with gas.
Withdraw a week’s cash since power outages may interrupt payment services.
Place important, valuable papers in waterproof bags.
Listen to local authorities regarding evacuation…and comply.
Continue to listen to local authorities regarding evacuation and safety guidelines. Your battery-operated radio is usually best for this.
Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet.
If the electricity goes out, use a flashlight, not candles.
Enjoy the sound of your home creaking in the wind .
Inspect your home. If damaged, make necessary repairs to protect from further damage. Keep copies of all receipts. File a claim per your policy instructions.
Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances.
Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.
With preparation, face the 2020 hurricane season free of anxiety.
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NOAA Now App
A great source for the latest information on severe weather in your area, including status updates about storms, tropical systems or weather watches.
Red Cross First Aid app
Information on what to do in common first aid situations. From videos, interactive quizzes, and step-by-step advice, it is an excellent source for how to provide first aid.
How to prepare for different disasters. It contains an interactive checklist for emergency kits, how to plan emergency meeting locations, and other information on staying safe and recovering after a disaster. It also has an important feature that provides weather alerts from locations you select, allowing you to track severe weather near your family or friends in other areas.