Regardless of the forecast, understanding the fundamentals in hurricane preparation is critical.The Basics Understanding the fundamentals of a hurricane is important.
As National Hurricane Center officials, weather forecasters and news reporters communicate what to do before, during and after the hurricane, recognizing basic knowledge will be beneficial and instill confidence when dealing with the situation.Hurricane Types Tropical Storm – Winds 39-73 mphCategory 1 Hurricane – Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt)Category 2 Hurricane – Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt)Category 3 Hurricane – Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt)Category 4 Hurricane – Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt)Category 5 Hurricane – Winds 156 mph and up (135+ kt)Hurricane Names Hurricane names are randomly picked, rotated and recycled every 6 years.
Super-catastrophic, severely deadly and over-costly hurricane names are officially retired to avoid confusion with current names.2021 Hurricane Names:Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and WandaHurricane Seasons/Dates Eastern Pacific: May 15 to November 30Atlantic: June 1 to November 30Central Pacific: June 1 to November 30 Hurricane Preparation 1.
Copy a nearby friend’s or trusted neighbor’s and adjust based on your needs.For those with an existing plan, make the necessary COVID-19 updates.
Gather emergency supplies.Create an inventory list and update current supplies through the end of the season with an extra few-month supply added (precautionary if the hurricane extends).
Sort and label items for fast and easy accessibility:A printed copy of the hurricane plan for other members (in case of separation)Container for important documents (water-sealed)Cooler with packsEnsure car and generator tanks are fullExtra cash, ATMs are usually offlineFirst-aid kit (complete with prescription medications)Flashlights with extra batteriesLighter (extra matches)MedicationsMobile phone surplus chargerNon-perishable food (3 days or more)Personal sanitation and hygiene itemsRadio with extra batteries (battery operated)Recreational games and reading materials (board games, cards)Senior citizens/Special needs items: baby supplies/pet suppliesWater (at least 3 days)5.