As we watch the path of Hurricane Matthew we must realize what a threat these storms can be. It is vital that we take precautions and be prepared for worst case scenarios. Hurricane season officially started on May 15 in the East Pacific, and on June 1 in the Central Pacific both will be ending on November 30. Worldwide, tropical cyclone activity peaks in late summer, when the difference between temperatures aloft and sea surface temperatures is the greatest. The following is a list of helpful hints that you can use before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane when it hits your area.
Pre-Hurricane Season Tips
Enter the season prepared.
Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast.
Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and they have storm shutters.
Have proper tools, supplies, and a first aid kit.
Have plenty of batteries and flashlights
Always have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand.
When A Warning Is Issued
Leave low lying areas.
Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
Secure outside objects.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water.
Have several days supply of food and water for each family member.
If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
During The Storm
Stay in Secure Room.
Stay away from windows.
Do not use the phone, or candles.
Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
Have supplies on hand.
Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
After The Storm
Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
Use stored water and food.
Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.