A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in a large body of water like the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico or in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.
All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Kelly Meloche, an AMERIND Risk Emergency Management Specialist based on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico, says, “You should always plan for the worst and hope for the best. Failure to plan is planning to fail. When the county and the regions give hurricane evacuation warnings, heed to the warnings and evacuate." Kellyann has 20 years of experience working in the public safety/emergency services field and stresses, “knowing what to do before, during and after a hurricane will save lives.”
Measures can be taken to prepare for a hurricane, such as building an emergency kit, learning the elevation level of your property and knowing your surroundings. If a hurricane is likely to occur in your area, you should listen to the news for information, secure your home and turn off utilities and propane tanks if instructed to do so. After a hurricane, use your family communication plan to help you find family, or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site: www.safeandwell.org.
The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area. Read more on preparedness, before, during and after a hurricane. here.
For more information, visit the FEMA hurricane preparedness website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
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