HURRICANES

Overview of stats & general information about disaster

 A Hurricane, also known as a Tropical Cyclone, is a spiral arrangement, that forms over warm waters, with strong winds and thunderstorms that cause large amounts of damage if they end up on land. These tropical cyclones often cause floods and tsunamis, depending on the strength of the winds. 

preparation

how to prepare for a hurricane

When preparing for a hurricane make sure that you have an emergency plan set in place for you and your family. This plan may include numbers to local shelters, food that will last you through the storm, filling up on gas for your transportation, and establishing the safest route to take when if you traveling. After establishing your master plan, decide if it is best for your family to stay or leave. In most cases your local news channel will advise you on whether it is safe to stay, but if you decide to leave make sure that the stove, gas, and other potential hazards are turned off befrore leaving.

during

What to do during

During a hurricane, if you are not home seek shelter IMMEDIATELY, stay indoors and makes sure to stay away from windows and glass doors.  Use a portable radio or your cellphone (if you have signal) to listen for any news and updates on the storm. It is also best to keep the refrigerator door shut as often as possible to keep the interior cool in case there is a power outage. If you decide to use a generator make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions before using it indoors.  

aftermath and recovery

What to do after

After a hurricane, once you have been advised by authorities that it is safe to return home (if you evacuated), check for any damage done to your home and hazardous conditions as a result of the storm. Floods are usually a result of a hurricane and could contain power lines, broken glass and other harmful debris. Once at home, inspect for any gas leaks, roof damage, broken windows, and broken pipe lines. Keep record of any damage to property for insurance purposes and make sure that it is safe enough to stay at home or find arrange for temporary acomodations in the mean time.