Adios landlocked living -- you just got orders to an installation on the coast. But coastal living isn't all flip-flops and sunscreen. It's important to understand one of Mother Nature's most violent storms -- the hurricane -- because living on the coast makes you a target.
Cyclone, typhoon, hurricane. Although the name changes by location, this is one violent storm. Not only can it bring severe winds up to 155 miles per hour and heavy rainfall, it can also cause flash flooding, storm surges, thunderstorms and rip currents.
The good news is that hurricanes give plenty of warning. Find out how you can prepare before a hurricane makes landfall near you.
It might be hard to imagine what hurricane-force winds are capable of if you've never experienced them firsthand. You could face:
No matter which coast you're on or what these storms are called near you, take them seriously.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, while the eastern Pacific season stretches from May 15 to Nov. 30. Survival gear can be scarce under hurricane watches or warnings and both shelter locations and evacuation routes fill up quickly.
Planning is critical to survival. Know what actions to take if a hurricane warning is issued, and how to respond in the aftermath of its impact by creating a family emergency plan. Create an emergency preparedness plan now, so you'll be ready to act without wasting a second:
When a hurricane watch is issued for your area, conditions are favorable for a hurricane. A hurricane warning means that the storm is likely on its way to you within 36 hours. In either event, start preparing as soon as possible:
If you've made the choice to hunker down and ride out the storm at home, be ready for everything from power outages to boredom:
Proceed with caution following a hurricane. You'll want to assess the damage and begin clean up as soon as possible when the all-clear comes in, but beware of:
Planning is critical to minimize risks. Know what actions to take if a hurricane warning is issued, and how to respond in the aftermath of its impact by creating a family emergency plan. Prepare early, make a plan, and turn to Military OneSource and other emergency resources to get you through the storm and the stress it can bring. When you've done your hurricane homework, all you have left to do is enjoy life on the coast, knowing you're prepared.
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