Hurricanes are awesome forces of nature that strike limited areas of the population. But it you live in one of these areas you better prepare. Hurricane Katrina provided many lessons about hurricanes and their aftermath. The good thing about hurricanes (vs Tornados or Earthquakes) is that you will have advanced warning. You can track the progression of the hurricane and know exactly when and where it will hit. Even with this advanced warning though you had better prepare ahead of time. There are steps you can do to minimize the emotional trauma surrounding a hurricane with its potential evacuation and loss of property. These are the steps to follow in order to prepare you and your family for this eventuality.

Step 1: Develop a plan

Your plan should be customized to your family and situation. You should share your plan with family and friends who might be part of your plan. If you live in coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, on in manufacture housing you will probably be asked to evacuate, otherwise staying in your home is an option.

Step 2: Create Disaster Kit

There is stuff you are going to need regardless of whether you have to evacuate or not. Most of this will not be available if you do not plan ahead of time.


Required items include: Water, Water filters, Food, and First aid supplies.

Important items include: Power supply , source of Light , and a stove or some way to heat food.

Optional items include: Sleeping bag, tent, and fire starter



News and Information:

National Hurricane Center

Current Hurricanes or Tropical storms

Current Weather Warnings

FEMA Hurricane page

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