A hurricane watch simply means that the weather conditions are right for a hurricane to make landfall in your area. Contact your veterinarian for information on how to keep your pets safe during an emergency. If your home is in one of those areas, it is best to evacuate the home until the hurricane is over. If you live in a region that is known for getting hit with hurricanes, it is best to understand the evacuation procedures and what you will need to stay safe and healthy. It can be a scary time especially for kids so here are some hurricane safety tips for kids. Hurricanes can wreak havoc in many ways, with lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges. As Atlantic hurricane season heats up, storms could send toxic hydrocarbons lingering from the summer's oil spill surging inland, scientists say. While hurricanes, droughts, floods, and storm surges are natural events, the degree of disaster is often now heavily influenced by humans. 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. Oil prices may increase (this was a significant effect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina).
The National Hurricane Centre predicted accurately where Hurricane Katrina would make landfall and how strong it would be. Rich MEDCs, such as the USA, can invest in technology to predict the general area in which hurricanes will strike. 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.


I have compiled a list of resources and important information to help you and your family clean up after a flood or hurricane.
Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined and certified as safe by a building inspector or other government authority.
When using a chain saw, operate the saw according to the manufacturer’s instructions, wear appropriate protective equipment, avoid contact with power lines, be sure that bystanders are at a safe distance, and take extra care in cutting trees or branches that have gotten bent or caught under another object. A hurricane warning means that your area sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour are expected within 24 hours.
Hurricanes can spawn tornadoes and the strong winds will cause extensive damage and projectile objects.
When a hurricane watch goes into effect, your family should start the disaster plan that has already been decided on in case of a hurricane. The strength of a storm is measured using the Saffir-Simpson scale, as shown in the table below.
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. 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.
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). Living in Jacksonville, Florida, we have become accustomed to hurricanes, but no one can ever prepare for what they may face at their home after returning from an evacuation. Even if you haven’t been effected by a hurricane or natural disaster, these tips are helpful to know in advance.


Make sure that your family has completed this checklist prior to the hurricane making landfall.
For some hurricanes that are not as strong, a safe room in your home may be all the shelter that is needed. 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! Create a disaster plan prior to hurricane season and understand what needs to be done before a hurricane happens. Have access to cash since all banks and ATMs will probably be closed following a major hurricane.
Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed. While a hurricane is in progress and threatening your area, you need to follow these instructions. There is the possibility that the area will experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. As soon as the hurricane warning has been issued, the protective actions should be just about complete and your family will have decided the safest location to be during the storm.



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