Terms to Know
- Hurricane - Intense low pressure with winds rotating about the center in a counterclockwise direction at speeds of 74 mph or more.
- Hurricane Warning - An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected in a specific coastal area within 24 hours. If the hurricane's path is unusual or erratic, the warning may be issued only a few hours before the beginning of hurricane conditions.
- Hurricane Watch - An announcement for specific areas that hurricane conditions pose a threat to a coastal area. When a hurricane watch is issued, all precautions should be taken immediately.
- Tropical Depression - Counterclockwise rotation of air at speeds of 38 mph or less. A clearly defined low pressure area is emerging.
- Tropical Disturbance - No strong wind. Area of showers and thunderstorms. Common throughout the tropics.
- Tropical Storm - A low pressure system with wind speeds of 39-73 mph. The storm receives a name.
- Tropical Storm Warning - A warning that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained winds of 39-73 mph, are expected in a specific coastal region within 24 hours.
- Tropical Storm Watch - An announcement for specific areas that tropical storm winds pose a possible threat to coastal areas.
Hurricane Survival Checklist
While relief agencies like the Red Cross will help you after a hurricane, it may take several days to clear the roads so trucks can reach your neighborhood. While the following list of items may not cover everything your family will need before, during, and after a hurricane, it serves as a good starting point.
- One week minimum supply of non-perishable food (foods that do not need to be reheated, refrigerated, and need little or no water in preparation)
- Two week supply of prescription drugs
- Special dietary foods
- Cash or traveler's checks
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Flashlight and batteries
- Bottled water - One gallon per person per day, for at least one week
- Water containers
- Masking tape
- Extra flashlight bulbs and batteries
- Full tank of gas and an extra set of keys
- Important papers - Valid ID
- Ice chests/cooler
- Personal items
- Infant necessities, including 2 week supply of disposable diapers
- Emergency cooking facilities
- Can openers (non-electric)
- Extra clothing
- Safety matches in waterproof containers
- Non-electric clock
- Canned food and milk
- Plastic drop cloth
- Portable radio - Battery-powered with extra batteries
- Fuel can/oil
- Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
- Household chlorine bleach
- Games and books
- Boards, hammers, and nails to board up windows