It’s hurricane season again. Do you know how many storms we’ll have?
Forecasters have predicted 15 named storms and eight hurricanes, at least four of them major.
Some people say it sounds like 2004. Some say it sounds like every year.
I say it sounds like hurricane season. If only one storm strikes your town, it will be a busy year.
It’s a busy year for the Red Cross no matter where a hurricane hits.
Most disasters give very little warning, but hurricanes are one of the few we can track. Right now, you have time to prepare, and preparation will help keep you calm before the storm.
Make sure you have supplies – things to eat, drink (water), wear, and to make you comfortable for at least three days.
If you want supplies to last a week or more, stock up.
You will want to make a plan. Map out an evacuation route. Arrange to stay at home, with family or friends, or at shelters or motels. Have your car ready to go and train pets to get in a carrier and come with you.
Most of all: Keep informed.
If you are under a hurricane watch, bring in lawn furniture and decorations, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything wind can pick up. Prepare to cover windows with shutters or plywood. Fill your gas tank and get cash.
If you live in a manufactured home, recheck your tie downs.
If you are under a hurricane warning, be ready to evacuate. If local officials don’t order that, stay indoors, away from windows, at the center of the house as protection from hurricane winds and tornadoes.
Storms can still be deadly for anyone caught in them. Stay away from flood waters. Stay inside especially if the eye passes over. It’s deceptive.
After the storm, check your home for damage, or return home only when it is safe to do so. Keep listening to radio or TV to get information. Use flashlights instead of fire-starting candles.
That’s it – Be supplied. Make plans. Keep informed.
And you’ll be calm before the storm.