hurricane season

Hurricane Season

2017 Hurricane Season Began June 1

Hurricane Season began June 1 and the National Hurricane Survival Initiative experts noted the “Top 10 Mistakes” people make that increase their risk from deadly storms and make it harder for those to recover.

The National Hurricane Survival Initiative campaign “Get Ready, America!” recommend  simple important steps that people should take to protect their property and loved ones before the next storm strikes during this hurricane season.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be more active this year than historical averages.  The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is predicting from 11 to 17 named storms this year, making it an unusual active year for Atlantic hurricanes.

According to National Geographic, the average life of a hurricane is nine days and is most destructive during its first 12 hours onshore. A typical eye measures 20 miles (32 kilometers) across.

The threat of hurricanes needs to be taken seriously and people need to take steps to protect their homes and families.

People in hurricane-vulnerable states, like Florida, often make small mistakes that can significantly increase their risk and complicate recovery efforts.

These are the top 10 most common mistakes – and advice from experts on how to avoid them.

MISTAKE #1: Failing to know the threat.

People think because they do not live within a mile of the coast that they do not have to worry about rising water and the biggest threat to is wind damage.

Experts say that history proves that storm surge is the deadliest part of a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center reports that more than half of the deaths in three recent land-falling hurricanes were caused by storm surge.

MISTAKE #2: Failing to evacuate.

People want to believe that their home is a fortress and they can protect their property. They plan to ride out the storm and not evacuate.

Experts say that when local officials issue an order to evacuate, they are doing so for your benefit. You should respond immediately, remain calm and take your disaster supply kit. Remember to let others know when you leave and where you are going.

MISTAKE #3: Failing to leave in time.

Most people believe they can outrun the storm and just head in the opposite direction.

Experts say that if your area has been asked to evacuate, and if a hurricane is imminent, you are far better off to leave your home for an officially designated hurricane shelter, stay with local friends inland, or stay at an inland motel and be out of the evacuation zone.

MISTAKE #4: Failing to protect the home.

People often make the mistake of leaving tree branches hanging low over the roof and not cutting them down, or not fixing leaky roofs or updating an old garage door.

Experts say that if you are a homeowner and you haven’t done anything yet to protect your home, start with your largest opening first. And for many homes that have a garage, that usually means the garage door.

MISTAKE #5: Failing to organize important papers.

People often make the mistake of not keeping important papers like passports, the insurance policies, Social Security cards,etc… in  a safe location.

Experts say to keep these important records in a waterproof, portable container and a second copy at the home of a trusted relative or a close friend living in a different city.

MISTAKE #6: Failing to inventory valuables.

People think that they have a good memory and that they don’t need to make an inventory of our valuables.

Experts say to help make your preparations easier, make a checklists and use it as you shop, store your supplies and take inventory of important household items in your home. You may also want to take photos or videotape each room of your house, showing the valuables you have.

MISTAKE #7: Failing to ensure adequate insurance.

Most people do not have adequate insurance or don’t feel there is a need for it.

Experts say you should make sure your possessions are covered and, if you live in or near a flood zone, make absolutely certain you have flood insurance because that is never included in standard homeowner’s policies. If you rent, you need insurance, too.

MISTAKE #8: Failing to make provisions.

Some people feel that storing a gallon of water per day, for each member, is too much and that it’s the government’s job to provide food and water in a disaster.

Experts say that by starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You don’t want to find shelves bare when you need the basics.

MISTAKE #9: Failing to know safety protocols.

Most people feel that if  they lose power that they can run a  generator from the garage, so it stays dry.

Experts say that portable generators use an engine and will give off carbon monoxide. You don’t want that deadly gas in the house. Tragedy can be completely avoided with the proper placement of the generator outside of the home, away from any vents that lead into the house and not in the garage. Also: It’s safer to use battery-powered lights and flashlights than lighted candles. Never leave a lit candle in an unoccupied room.

MISTAKE #10: Failing to provide for Pets.

A common belief is that all hurricane shelters take pets and that simply is not true.

Experts say that knowing where the nearest shelter that accepts pets is really important for pet owners. A lot of people leave their pets behind because they simply don’t know. Make sure you have a plan for your pet and get in touch with the right people before a storm hits.

The Salvation Army provides shelter, food, counseling and other services during times of disaster, but, in order for them to do the most good, people need to take responsibility and to be prepared so they can respond to those who need them most.