A natural disaster can strike at any moment, leaving destruction and hardship in its wake. While some natural disasters can be detected anywhere from days to weeks in advance, like hurricanes —others including tornados, earthquakes and flash floods can cause devastation with only a few minutes or seconds notice. The best way to help minimize the extreme aftereffects of these catastrophic events is to be as prepared as possible, before they happen.
Hurricanes are giant, churning storms that can extend over 500 miles wide. In addition to the 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a hurricane can release a day, and the potential of up to 160 miles per hour wind speeds, hurricanes can also generate storm surge, flooding and tornadoes, causing serious property damage and life-threatening hazards. There are two different alert levels for hurricanes, watches and warnings. A hurricane watch indicates that hurricane conditions are going to be a threat within the next 48 hours and that you and your family should be on guard. A Hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours and that immediate action is required.
Thankfully, and due to all of the advancements made in weather observation technology, hurricane detection today can give us plenty of time to prepare our families, homes and businesses. The most recent major hurricane, Sandy (2012), caused a reported 147 fatalities and $50 billion in damages. This was only classified as a category 2 storm. While you may not feel that a category number is high enough to be concerning, it is important to remember that the power of a hurricane should not be underestimated and that being prepared is the only way to protect you and your family. It is our goal that the following information serve as the ultimate guide for hurricane preparedness by compiling everything you need to know and follow in one easy to navigate location.