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Strong Hurricane Season Approaching

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hurricaneThe National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a very active hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) this year. The organization is encouraging people living in the affected areas to begin preparations.

For the 2006 north Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six could become “major” hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher.

For comparison, 2005′s hurricane season included 28 storms, including 15 hurricanes, seven of which were considered “major.”

Here are some tips for dealing with hurricanes, from About.com. These tips are for advance season preparation:

* Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed, so to avoid breakage and to keep loose limbs from becoming airborne in a storm.
* Have some method of shuttering windows and doors, either permanent storm shutters, or pre-cut plywood. Taping windows does not prevent breakage, and is often ineffective in preventing flying glass.
* Make an evacuation plan. Make sure all family members are aware of it.
* Determine in advance what you will do with your pets. You can’t leave them behind, and pets are not accepted at most storm shelters.
* Stock up on bottled water, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, radio (battery operated) canned goods. Have available Sterno, or a camp stove.
* Appoint out-of-state family or friends to keep track of family member’s whereabouts.

When a storm is coming, pay attention to this advice:

* Move all outdoor furniture, yard tools, and other outdoor items inside.
* Cover the windows with shuttering.
* Move furniture to a higher floor, if available.
* Move any vehicles that will not be utilized in an evacuation to higher ground.
* Monitor emergency broadcast resources carefully. Evacuate when instructed to do so.
* Disconnect all electrical appliances and main power switch prior to evacuating.

Here are some thoughts for actions after a storm:

* Do not examine your home for damage with matches, candles, or other other “flame based” lighting. Use flashlights.
* Avoid downed power lines.
* Do not venture out to view storm damage in other areas until notified by authorities it is safe to travel in your area.

The tips don’t end there. You should prepare an emergency food and water supply. The St. Petersburg Times has additional suggestions here. FEMA’s section on hurricanes also has useful information.

Updated June 17, 2014 and originally published May 23, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar F. D. Bryant III

Hope you don’t mind if I promote my own blog post on the subject – but I’ve provided a number of links to help people prepare for a hurricane including a free Excel file of a list of items to buy at: link

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avatar SkyeBlue

ProvidentLiving.org has a pretty interesting section on food storage and preparedness. It even has a place where you can type in the number of members in your family and their ages and see how much food is adequate for their needs. We were stuck in our home for 2 weeks in Dec 2000 because of an ice storm. I don’t know what we would have do ne if we had not had 2 weeks worth of food stroed away. It takes more than the bread and milk you see people stocking up on pre-hurricane in the stores!

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avatar Doobie

All I know is that I can’t wait for Hurricane Debby so that I can spend that whole week needling my wife about the name.

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avatar A Big Wind - Hurricane Blog

Hi – Good hurricane information. I actually grew up in South Florida and I was in High School during Hurricane Andrew (we lived in Fort Lauderdale East of 95). Before Andrew made its fateful turn southward to level Miami-Dade, they thought it was coming through Ft. Lauderdale and my family and I evacuated to Gainesville.

Hurricanes are just a reality of living in this wonderful state and so we have started our own blog focused on Hurricane and Consumer protection. Given the up tick in hurricanes and the Katrina disaster – we are worried that most citizens are vulnerable. A Big Wind is a community blog and forum with one mission: Hurricane protection through consumer protection, community involvement, and commerce. Let us know your thoughts.

Thanks,

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