- from Hurricanes
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Over the years, the number of people killed by hurricanes has dropped. That’s mostly thanks to the federal government’s early warning system.
People now take these storms seriously. However, the cost of hurricane damage has risen. That’s because of how crowded it is on the 2,000-mile stretch of coast from Texas to Virginia. The number of people there has almost doubled since the 1930s.
Coastal States Most Often Hit by Hurricanes
◀ Plan Ahead
If a hurricane warning comes, cover large glass windows and doors. If called to evacuate, leave right away by car, if you can. Choose a place to meet if family members are separated. For example, children may be evacuated from school to one shelter, while parents may go from work to another. Know where your nearest official shelter is located. Make a plan for your pets. They are not allowed in shelters.
Disaster Supply Kit
What if a hurricane strikes your neighborhood tomorrow? Will you be ready? What if the electricity goes off? What if the water is not safe to drink or cook with? Here are some things the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says you should keep in your disaster emergency kit. ▶
◀ Hurricane Watch
Listen to the radio or television for weather reports. Make sure your disaster kit is ready. Make sure your radio has batteries. Fill up the gas tank of your car in case you have to leave home.
Bring in outdoor furniture and toys. Bring in anything else that might blow away. Prepare for high winds by covering windows and large glass areas with boards. Put important papers and photos in waterproof containers. Listen to radio or TV for weather alerts. ▶
If the police ask people to evacuate, leave early. If you are going to a shelter, take blankets or sleeping bags. Also take flashlights and any special foods or medicines you need. Lock windows and doors and turn off gas, water, and electricity. Carry your disaster kit and important papers.
If you can’t get out in time, stay calm. Stay indoors, or you could be hit by flying debris. Unplug small appliances and turn off the gas. Fill containers with drinking water. Fill bathtubs with water for washing. Go to the center of the house, and stay away from doors and windows. Don’t go out during the calm when the eye of the hurricane passes over. As soon as the eye goes by, fierce winds rush back.
▲ After the Hurricane
The danger is not over until cleanup is done. For example, downed power lines could be live. If someone touches one, they could be killed. Broken glass needs to be swept up. Water may not be drinkable until it is purified. Gas lines may need to be repaired so no fires break out. The danger is not really over until the cleanup is done.