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Accessory Kit to the Home Survival Kit with additional emergency supplies specifically designed to prepare your home for a hurricane. The ER™ Hurricane Kit contains hurricane supplies to protect against damage or injury that may occur due to a hurricane. As witnessed by the brutal forces and devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it is essential to prepare your home for a hurricane when living in hurricane country.
Cash (With no power, banks and ATMs may be closed or empty, and checks and credit cards will not be accepted). Photo or video pictures of property (Photographs will make it easier for your claims adjuster to make an assessment of what you may have lost due to a disaster. We promise to never spam you, and just use your email address to identify you as a valid customer.
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Primary effects of tropical storms include high winds, torrential rain and storm surges at landfall (more about this one later on). Why not watch the video clips below (about Hurricane Andrew and try to make a list of the primary and secondary effects of the storm. Communities are displaced from their homes, and may be broken up if the area is not restored. If insurance premiums rise in the future, some people may not be able to afford them and will consequently not be financially protected against future storms. Insurance claims will be made, and this may cause the cost of insurance premiums to rise in the future. Oil prices may increase (this was a significant effect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina).
A huge amount of water is released in a tropical storm so there will be extensive flooding. There will be structural damage to buildings and they may have to be pulled down and rebuilt. Electricity lines might be blown down and, as a result, people could be without power supplies.
Sea fish are often killed because of silting, and freshwater fish may be killed in storm surges. The shape of the coastline will affect the likelihood of there being a damaging storm surge. An experiment to see how the shape of the coastline affects storm surges - you will need playdough, sugar cubes and a hair-dryer!
The exam specification requires you to study the effects of tropical storms in both MEDCs and LEDCs so that you can compare how they vary among countries with different levels of economic development. The National Hurricane Centre predicted accurately where Hurricane Katrina would make landfall and how strong it would be.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre predicted the scale and location of landfall and so people were forewarned. This presentation from the charity CAFOD shows some of the work they have done in the area since the cyclone hit.
Rich MEDCs, such as the USA, can invest in technology to predict the general area in which hurricanes will strike. Forecasts are made available to residents on the internet so that they can make decisions about whether they need to evacuate. Most countries affected by tropical storms now have education programmes to raise awareness on preparing for storms.
People living in areas affected by tropical storms are encouraged to have a hurricane emergency kit on standby and also to have thought in advance about how they will protect their home and belongings. As you already know, tropical storms form where the temperature of the water exceeds 27 degrees. The map below shows the monthly sea surface temperature anomalies in January 2010 relative to the 1961-1990 base period. An alternative viewpoint is that there is a natural cycle of variations in the number of tropical storms and that this is not linked to global warming.
El Nino is a climate phenomenon affecting the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, occurring approx every 3-7 years. Normally, trade winds blow west and slightly north across the Pacific Ocean, causing surface water, warmed by the sun, to 'pile up' at the western end so that the sea surface is about half a metre higher here. Tip: To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances. Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances. Use the additional shelter, rescue, and other supplies contained in this emergency kit to stay safe, warm, and dry in a hurricane. Hurricanes strike with unimaginable force and severely damage structures and roadways leaving people stranded without immediate rescue attention.
As such, it is imparitive for your safety to keep a well stocked emergency kit in your home, and your car.


It is recommended that you put together your own first aid kit rather than buying one pre-made. These storms occur over water in areas where the sea surface temperature is at least 27 degrees. The strength of a storm is measured using the Saffir-Simpson scale, as shown in the table below.
We tend to divide them into social, economic and environmental effects (the SEE classification). They will flow quickly down hillsides and may bury houses, crops and livestock (or even people). The steepness of the shoreline affects the manner in which the waves strike it, as shown on the two animations below. It tracked over the Gulf of Mexico and devastated most of the coastline from Louisiana to Alabama (see map below).
Conditions here deteriorated quickly - food and water soon ran out and the toilet facilities were inadequate. Approximately 1 million people were made homeless and thousands of businesses were destroyed. The damage in Bangladesh was extensive, including tin shacks flattened, houses and schools blown away and enormous tree damage. This technology is not so readily available to LEDCs, although many countries receive information from organisations such as the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (Pacific) or National Hurricane Centre (Atlantic) to help them prepare for storms. This is obviously a much more useful means of communication in an MEDC where the percentage of residents with internet access is much higher than in LEDCs.
There is an annual Hurricane Preparedness Week in the USA when schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to pland for possible strikes in the forthcoming hurricane season.
However, simple but cheap measures can be put in place to ensure that people are well prepared for tropical storms.
Scientists are not agreed about how and why the distribution of tropical storms might change.
Before this, accounts from ships' logs, aeroplane research flights, and simple weather recording instruments were used.
Global warming is causing a rise in the ocean temperatures, and this will mean that ocean temperatures will exceed 27 degrees for longer periods of time. As tropical storms' effects are concentrated in coastal areas, this means that more people are living in danger zones. Officially, it is a sustained sea surface temperature greater than 0.5°C more than normal across the central tropical Pacific Ocean. 3-5 million years ago the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was significantly higher than it is now. Candidiates are asked to describe the changes to the average number of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean between 1900-2005 (3 marks) and give reasons for this pattern (4 marks).
Due to global warming (1), there has been a rise in sea-surface temperatures (1) which means that more storms go on to become major hurricanes (1) because there are longer periods when the temperatures exceed 27°C (1). They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
These emergency kits should contain supplies that would would most likely need for a power outage or a hurricane emergency.
Just as with first aid kits, create food storage areas in different locations like your car, home, and office. Keep a list of phone numbers and other pertinent contact information for family members, doctors, local emergency services, and your regional poison control center. March 5, 2016Terror, Americans & Unification March 5, 2016BOYD CRAVEN III Author + Urban Farmer! Essentially, this means that they form between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn (hence the name 'tropical' storm). The warm, moist air over the ocean rises rapidly upward from near the surface and becomes saturated with evaporated moisture. Use the video clips to give you ideas, but do not limit yourself to the information included in the clips!
It arrived as a category 4 storm with winds of over 140 mph and a storm surge of approximately 6 metres. This caused the price of oil to rise on the global markets and the price of petrol in the UK rose as a result. The entire cities of Patuakhali, Barguna and Jhalokati District were hit hard by the storm surge of over 5 metres. The track of a tropical storm is affected by a great many fators, so they are very unpredictable. Indeed, one of the major problems in preparing for a strike in an LEDC is communicating with the people in an area that is likely to be affected as the infrastructure may well be poorly developed. In MEDCS, people may also be able to afford windproof tiles, water-resistant windows and strengthened building structures. These include educating people (particularly women) about what to wear in case they have to swim, building homes on stilts, building cyclone shelters and training local people to organise others in an evacuation. The exam specification says that you must be able to 'explain why the distribution and frequency of tropical storms may change' and that you should include the impact of climate change in your explanation. Some scientists have argued that the number and strength of tropical storms in the pst may have been greater than was actually recorded at the time. There has been much more buidling in these aeas in recent years - so when a hurricane strikes, there is more infrastructure in its way and for it to damage!
It is explained very clearly on the BBC Bitesize website - so please click here for more infomation.


During this time the El Nino conditions we consider exceptional now were much more frequent, perhaps even normal. This hurricane kit is designed to keep you comfortable and safe for when the power goes out. Some of the supplies we strongly suggest for home are first aid supplies, lighting like a flashlight or battery operated lantern and a radio. It is also recommended that you have several first aid kits in different locations, for example, your car, the kitchen, the boat, etc. The food in your home should be well stocked and include enough food for your family to eat for at least one month. They rarely occur within 5 degrees either side of the equator because the Coriolis force is too weak here. If the winds blow long enough and hard enough, the water banks up and floods the land when the winds blow onshore. The city of New Orleans was very badly affected because it is mostly below sea-level and is surrounded by water.
There was mass-scale evacuation of the coastal area, much of which is land below sea-level. Forecasters have a 20-25% chance of knowing exactly where a tropical storm will hit 48 in advance of landfall. It is vital to ensure that only those peole who are in the danger area try to leave - otherwise the road system will get clogged up and people will be put at greater risk. However, as good geographers you will need to keep an open mind as to whether or not climate change is really at the heart of any changes to the intensity and distribution of tropical storms. They also cliam that there may have been some tropical storms occurring that we did not know about as they did not make landfall. In addition, ocean temperatures will exceed 27 degrees in more places so there will be more tropical storms. The value of property at the coast has increased rapidly, so the costs of clear-up have increased too. The Met Office has suggested than an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will increase the frequency and intensity of El Nino. A comprehensive first aid kit should include supplies and medications for cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, nausea, fever, and rash.
This helps medical professionals take care of you faster and more efficiently in emergencies. It shows Tropical Storm Edzani over the Southern Indian Ocean and was taken on 7th January 2010. The majority of these were in the poorest areas of the city (people had little access to transport so couldn't leave in many cases). Criminal gangs roamed the streets, looting homes and businesses and committing other crimes.
Researchers said mangrove forest Sunderban will take at least 40 years to recover itself from this catastrophe. Some scientists argue that this is why we are experiencing increased tropical storm activity. It 'floats' because it is less dense than the cold water around it, and flows across the surface of the ocean back east towards South America. Air from surrounding areas with higher air pressure pushes in to the low pressure area to try to equalise the pressure. However, the levees were overwhelmed by the extra water from the storm surge and rainfall, and many collapsed allowing water to flood into the city.
Remember to plan for different scenarios, like a fire in the kitchen, a fire outside, or a fire at night while everyone is in bed. Again, the more you can safely store, the better off you will be if you need to use it in an emergency. Go over your plans and practice drills annually to make sure that everyone and everything is prepared. Over 40,000 Red Crescent volunteers were deployed to order residents in the 15 affected provinces into special cyclone and flood shelters (see image below).
Stock your food supply with non-perishables and other foods that have long expiration dates. Relief organisations distributed seven-day emergency disaster kits of food, blankets and clothing for evacuated families. Keep fire extinguishers in several areas, particularly any areas that are prone to catch fire such as the kitchen, bathroom, attic, and garage. It can happen very quickly and be extremely dangerous, as we saw with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
After you have stored your food, remember to check it every 6 months for expiration dates and use and replace anything that will expire. As the warmed, moist air rises and cools off, the water in the air forms towering cumulonimbus thunderclouds (because there is a huge amount of condensation). The whole system of clouds and wind spins and grows, fed by the ocean’s heat and water evaporating from the surface. It can not only provide warmth, but can also be used in a wide variety of ways in an emergency survival situation.



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