Act Now for Hurricane Safety
Have a good plan prepared when hurricanes threaten your area.
By Daniel DeNoon
Reviewed By Michael Smith
Don't wait until your radio blares out a hurricane warning. There's a lot you can do to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your home -- if you act in time.
Who's at risk? It might be you. One in six Americans lives in a county on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts -- not to mention other at-risk areas such as Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Nearly 90% of people now living in hurricane-prone areas of the U.S. have never experienced the core of a major hurricane. Even if we don't live in these areas, many of us vacation in areas of the U.S., the Caribbean, or Mexico where hurricanes habitually hit.
Relatively few of us have experienced a major hurricane. We've all been through some pretty big storms -- but that can actually be a problem. It leads to overconfidence -- and underestimating a hurricane is a big mistake.
U.S. hurricane season runs from June through November. Mid-August to late October is peak season.
How Hurricanes Harm
Storm Surge and Storm Tide
What to Do, and When
Before Hurricane Season:
Originally published Sept. 17, 2003.
Medically updated June 23, 2004.
SOURCES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service. American Red Cross. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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