Hurricane Season - How to get prepared ahead of time for such a disaster

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Haven't got things prepared yet here's some good info


Hurricane season for the Atlantic region begins June 1st and ends around November 30th, as for the Eastern seaboard region it starts May 15th and ends at the same time as that of the Atlantic region at November 30th.

Being prepared for a major hurricane season is the only way for people, both residing in the Atlantic and Eastern regions of the United States, to really be ready for a sort of defensive stance against the potential mass casualty events that tend to occur during a rough destructive storm such as a hurricane. They seem to not want to let up, and have been making touch down on land quite frequently year after year it seems.

Ever since that horrifying Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 people have been more aware, but we still need to inform one another just in case folks get to comfortable or complacent with things. Katrina claimed the lives of approximately 1,886 people, and damages were estimated at 108 million dollars, which was the most expensive loss America has ever suffered due to a single natural disaster. It was said to be the deadliest hurricane ever to have been recorded in US history, and was a category 5 which is the strongest level hurricane on record.


Some Hurricanes get demoted down to Tropical Storms, and still have great strength though to cause severe flooding, and storm surges, so be advised not to underestimate a hurricane, they also can reemerge back up to any category due to the ocean air
Some Hurricanes get demoted down to Tropical Storms, and still have great strength though to cause severe flooding, and storm surges, so be advised not to underestimate a hurricane, they also can reemerge back up to any category due to the ocean air | Source

Things to be aware of

In the event a hurricane is to arise one must have an action plan in place below are some ideas of what to do in the event this moment can and will occur.

Planning to take action:

  1. Check the status of the hurricanes impact zones and projected land fall.
  2. If you live in the coastal areas be sure to know if your home is in harms way of storm surge, wind hazards and flooding zones.
  3. Use the National Weather Service website also known as the NWC or National Weather Center, for the most recent reports and accurate Hurricane updates.
  4. The NWC also provides pertinent information for learning, resources, and preparedness.
  5. Contact your local & state government National Weather Service offices, to learn of what to do for your geographic location, in the event an emergency comes up & you need to make effective actions in response.
  6. Fema has a website that is highly informative as well, and visit them for any and all pertinent info related to any further action plans to take, if things become worse off for you and your loved ones during or after the storms landfall.
  7. Make sure to have emergency contact numbers in place in the event you lose power, and wireless connectivity to all communications devices during and after the storm.
  8. Use the FloodSmart website to rate your flood zones & all potential flood risks.


Hurricane Ivy's Projected Path of land fall

A view of the projected path of hurricane Ivy, which slammed dead smack into the coastal area's of Florida, so pay attention to projected paths, current weather reports, news updates, and from the National Weather Service.
A view of the projected path of hurricane Ivy, which slammed dead smack into the coastal area's of Florida, so pay attention to projected paths, current weather reports, news updates, and from the National Weather Service. | Source

2005 Typhoon Haitang hit Taiwan with massive impact

In places like China, Taiwan People had experienced a category 5 Typhoon known as Typhoon Haitang, it is very similar to a hurricane, and so if you live in tropical habits be sure to also take plans of actions and heed to local and government warning
In places like China, Taiwan People had experienced a category 5 Typhoon known as Typhoon Haitang, it is very similar to a hurricane, and so if you live in tropical habits be sure to also take plans of actions and heed to local and government warning | Source

More useful tips

  1. If you need to evacuate, be sure to plan ahead the foods, and supplies you'll be needing, because planning late will lead to shortages in many local stores due to mass panic.
  2. Make sure to have batteries, flash lights, candles, and rain gear.
  3. Don't panic what ever you do, be calm and think smartly, follow all announcements from national emergency message system broadcasts, on television, from news forecasters, radio, the internet, and anywhere official information is being passed down.
  4. Keep track of all your belongings, as well as you family members and friends, in the event you end up being displaced during a massive category 4 or 5 hurricane storm. (Hurricanes of such magnitude have the potential to wipe out and entire area with strong winds, storm surges, massive flooding, and even tornadoes that get kicked up by the strong winds.)
  5. Emergency supplies: Make sure to prepare a disaster supply kit in case things get really bad, such as what occurred in the flood of Hurricane Katrina

Note: People truly were unprepared back then, and so try to learn from the many errors people may have made in the past. Just staying home and doing nothing, by trusting in the fact that some storms may not live up to the true forecast, or projected paths and land fall of any or all emergency warnings, isn't quite good planning at all, so always be prepared for the worst to come.



A great idea is to border up all windows, and doorways in the event of a massive hurricane, and make sure to get out of dodge

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Hurricane Preparedness is a must

Being proactive and fully prepared ahead of time for such natural disasters to happen is truly the only way to prevent from such tragedies to have ever taken place. On the leader boards for the most recent hurricane to have touched down that had similar threatening potential impact to human life and property was last year’s Hurricane Irene weighing in as a category 3, which was the fifth costliest hurricane in US history according to Wikipedia. It swept the entire east coast at whopping high speeds, with gusting winds of up to 120 miles per hour max.

It crushed parts of the Caribbean’s on the Island of the Bahamas, and it hit North Carolina as a category 1 hurricane, then became much weaker, and was reduced down in rating to a tropical storm as it hit Virginia, as well as finishing its angry path with land fall in New York City and Brooklyn.

This Hurricane system was highly unpredictable, and a total of 56 lives were lost, and damages were estimated to cost 19.1 million dollars leaving Irene to be one of the most expensive storms the United States has ever had to face. Luckily evacuations all across the east coast had helped many people who live in the lower coastal areas, to get out of town prior to it making land fall, much of the severe damage to those key areas were due to severe flooding and down trees.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

An interesting departure from your norm, Mike! Well done my friend. We do not have those bad boys here on the West Coast but many of the preparations we make in case of earthquakes are the same. Great hub!


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting hub. We are lucky not to have hurricanes here in Ukraine!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mike,

These are some great tips advice! Thanks for sharing this information with us! I am sharing!


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

Great Hub! You have included a wealth of information. I live pretty far inland, but the remnants of Hurricane Ivan (I think it was) left his mark on our home a few years ago as he maintained tropical storm strength as he passed over our area. That rarely happens. We usually get severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as the remnants of hurricanes pass over our area in Georgia. Great information!


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

This Hub performs a true service Mike. As a Long Islander I always worry about the next big one (like 1938) to hit us. At least we now have a lot of advance warning.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @billybuc, yeah I got tired of sticking to the same topics all the time, and had to diverge a bit for Hurricane season, and just in case any folks have put it past their minds recently.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @Pavlo Badovskyy for the cool visit and comment.

Wow your from the other side of the globe then I am, holy crap. I never met anyone from Ukraine before, and so I must get into reading your hubs as well, see you soon budd.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

I read the Hub quickly and it appeared to be very good. I do not recall seeing about what to do if you cannot evacuate. In Louisiana, Hurricanes hit the coast and those people travel northward to where I live in Baton Rouge.

After Katrina I was without power for almost two weeks.

Therefore, make sure you have ice chests, keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as long as possible if there is a power outage. Watch out for fallen lines and damaged limbs that may fall.

Do not go sightseeing after a hurricane. You are just in the way.

If you have family or friends in nearby areas be prepared to have visitors stay with you. Even the closest of relatives can get on each other's nerves. Try to have some type of distraction after the danger is over. Play a board game, go outside and read a book. Do not listen to news reports all day long.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I respect your comment Larry Wall, but getting out is much better then staying, and if you gotta walk 20 miles away from the coast line, so be it. Its better then staying in path of a category 5 hurricane along the area's of coastal waters.

Take a greyhound or what have you, but get out of dodge is my advise, when it gets to such massive storms. As you said being with family is important, but staying in an area that was doomed to begin with is not wise, no matter what.

Thanks though for all the cool info you posted here, it may help others who decide to stay and ride things out, like many had chosen to do in the past with many storms, and in many places that got hit by one severely.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

I agree with you. Baton Rouge is 80 miles noth of New Orleans. We still lost power and the buses were all rerouted to help in the evacuation. My sister's family--two adults, two tall teenage boys. Lost power in Rita and Gustav. My point was even far away you can still be affected. Traffic from New Orleans was so bad there was no way to leave.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Very smart hub my friend. We here in upstate NY are not used to hurricane and we got hit hard last season. Although the damage was nowherewhereas tragic as Katrina, many died, lost homes and pets as well. We received flooding and our house sits up on a large hill! That is how powerful they can be.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks again for your return response @Larry Wall I appreciate the interaction here, and for sharing with me.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @ShaningIrishEyes, I figured we all need a reminder since the weather seems so unstable lately as well, you just never know what's coming up ahead you know.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Just a reminder, it has been quite so far this year. However, August and September and to a lesser extend October (Betsy hit in October--back when I was in seventh grade, about 1964, I think.) so do not get complacent and let your guard down.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey Larry, the craziest thing happened just an hour ago or so today in the tri-state area, NY, NJ, Connecticut, and all the way to Boston mass. A massive tornado like funnel formed, it was crazy the storms out here, huge hail, and all.

Yikes I tried to capture some of the footage, but got blown from my bathroom window and had to close it. Mother nature at its best. It happened today on the 18th of July 2012, a mega storm on the Hottest day since 1888, and 107 degree heat tops in New York City.

Check it out on the National Weather Service if needed, and lets hope it all dies down, it has here but we still have light thunder, and lightning.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Maybe the tornadoes are jealous of you writing about hurricanes. Seriously, I am glad to hear that you and your family are all right. I hope the damage to your home is minimal. It just goes to show you that despite our best science, predicting the weather is a guessing game some times.

I have never been in a tornado, but I have been on the "edge" of a couple. They are scary things. Again, glad to hear all is well.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@ Larry Thanks man I appreciate that, nothing happened here thank god, and as you stated all is well.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

A useful guide now that Sandy is in the wings. I think this guide is very fitting for the moment and wish all safe.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@ChristyWrites, thank you so much Christy, this storm is really rough for everyone here in the East Coast, and for many folks even in the midwest, and upper northern states.

I hope everyone planned well for this, and also that God spares us all.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Mike are you alright? do you have power? I have been praying for you and your family.. God Bless you and Keep you my friend

Debbie


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Useful information. I agree with you. Being proactive is one of the best ways to stay safe during hurricane system.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you so much Debbie, I have power and all, my family is doing fine. Thanks for asking, and for being so concerned, and also thanks for the prayer.

I'm sending one out to all the victims of this massive natural disaster too. Chat with you soon on FB.

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