Hurricanes are another source of destruction, especially if they are powerful enough and make landfall in more heavily populated areas along the coasts.
The damage is caused not only by the powerful winds and heavy rainfalls, but also by the accompanying storm surges which exacerbate the situation by causing inland floodings.
Prepare for them by listening to the authorities and heeding their recommendations. Have your go-kit (72 hours kit) close at hand in the event an evacuation is ordered. Have a look further down this page for more information on preparations.
Remember that if you travel to areas along the coast, that you would do well to have a look at the forecasts for the area you plan to visit, as a precautionary measure.
As you know, hurricane Katrina was a powerful, deadly and costly hurricane that struck the United States in August of 2005. New Orleans still hasn't fully recovered as of 2010.
New Orleans was particularly vulnerable in that its security hinged on the levees holding back the water, which unfortunately they didn't.
The result was a rush of water filling in the 'bowl', causing much destruction.
Here are some links to help you to learn more about hurricanes.
2. Wikipedia - Tropical Cyclone
The following information is from the Get Prepared site of the Government of Canada.
For more info on hurricanes
Hurricanes are violent tropical storms. These extreme storms occasionally hit eastern Canada usually between June and November – September is the peak month. Vacationers heading to southern destinations should be aware that hurricanes directly affect the southeast United States and Caribbean during the same months.
If a hurricane warning has been issued, follow these guidelines for safety during the storm:
- If you live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, you should move inland and to higher ground. The high winds create huge waves at sea which, when they reach the shore, may become tidal waves or storm surges.
- Make sure your emergency kit is close at hand, in a portable container such as a duffel bag or suitcase with wheels.
- Do not go down to the water to watch the storm. Most people who are killed during hurricanes are caught in large waves, storm surges or flood waters.
- If the eye of the hurricane passes over, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from two or three minutes to half an hour. Stay in a safe place. Make emergency repairs only and remember that once the eye has passed over, the winds will return from the opposite direction with possibly even greater force.
- Listen for reports from authorities on your portable radio.
- On a farm, it may be better to leave livestock unsheltered. During Hurricane Andrew, some horses left outside suffered less injury then those placed in shelters. This was because some shelters selected did not withstand the high winds. Horses were injured by collapsing structures and flying objects that may have been avoided on the outside.
If you live in a mobile home: