Hurricane preparedness

Published 9:16 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As hurricane Florence makes its way down the coast, many families are preparing to evacuate or take the necessary precautions to ensure safety during the storm.

Numerous news outlets and weather agencies have stressed the importance of taking this storm seriously and being prepared in the event of a worst case scenario situation.

According to the National Weather Service, “hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.”

The National Weather Service said when preparing for a possible hurricane, it is best to put together an emergency kit.

The kit should include basic equipment such as a flashlight, generator, or storm shutters.

The kit can also include necessities such as water, medication, a warm blanket, pet food, personal hygiene items and books or games for children.

“Over a typical two year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, one of which is classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater),” said the National Weather Service.

Knowing what to expect in advance can certainly give you a head’s up when it comes to being prepared.

In addition, it is always helpful to keep an eye on local news reports or purchase a small radio/television that may operate on batteries in the event of a power outage.

This could be important when it comes to monitoring the current conditions in your area.

If you have friends of family members in areas that are specifically predicted to be impacted heavily, encourage them to evacuate in a timely manner before an influx of traffic becomes problematic if they desire to.