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Are You Ready for a Hurricane? Here’s what you can do to prepare for such an emergency Know what a hurricane WATCH and WARNING means
Are You Ready for a Hurricane?
Here’s what you can do to prepare for such an emergency
Identify what to do when a hurricane WARNING is issued
• Install hurricane shutters or pur-
✔ Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so.
• Listen to the advice of localofficials, and leave if they tell you to do so. • Complete preparation activities. • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. • Be aware that the calm “eye” is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.
✔ Complete preparation activities.
Prepare for high winds
Identify what to do when a hurricane WARNING is issued
✔ If you are not advised to evacuat stay indoors, away from windows
✔ Be aware that the calm “eye” is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.
✔ Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes
• First aid kit and essential medications. • Canned food and can opener. • At least three gallons of water per person. • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags. • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members. • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)
✔ Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing
Know what to do when a hurricane WATCH is issued
• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information. • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood as described above. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended. • Fill your car’s gas tank. • Recheck manufactured home tiedowns. • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.
Prepare for high winds
✔ Install hurricane shutters or purchase precut 1/2” outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home. Install anchors for the plywood and predrill holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly.
✔ Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.
• Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places—a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. • Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality.You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged. • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Know what a hurricane WATCH and WARNING means
Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan
✔ WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.
✔ WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.
Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan
✔ Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places—a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
✔ Keep handy the telephone numbers
• WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours. • WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.
chase precut 1/2” outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home. Install anchors for the plywood and predrill holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly. • Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.
• Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows. • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
Know what to do after a hurricane is over • Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for instructions. • If you are evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so. • Inspect your home for damage. • Use flashlights at all times; avoid using candles.
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Are You Ready for a Hurricane? Hurricanes are most threatening to residents along our nation’s coastlines. But such fierce storms also have been known to build up enough momentum to carry their destructive winds inland for hundreds of miles. Heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes add to the damage hurricanes can inflict on your home and community. Prepare for a hurricane by completing each item on the checklist below. Then meet to discuss and finalize your Family Disaster Plan:
Changes recommended: _____ _________________________________
Write instructions on how to turn off your home’s electricity, water, and gas if advised to do so by local authorities. (A professional must turn gas service back on.)
And remember ... when a hurricane, earthquake, flood, tornado, or other emergency happens in your community, you can count on your local American Red Cross chapter to be there to help you and your family. Your Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on contributions of your time, money, and blood.
Instructions written: __________ ________________________________ _________________________________
Put together a Disaster Supplies Kit in a clearly labeled, easyto-grab container.
Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a storm. Keep this list in your Disaster Supplies Kit.
Location of Disaster Supplies Kit: ________________________________ _________________________________
List completed: _______________ ________________________________ _________________________________
Call your local emergency management or planning and zoning office to find out if you live in an area that could flood during a hurricane or heavy rains.
Buy any items needed to board up windows and protect your home well ahead of time. Precut plywood to fit windows so that you can quickly cover windows.
Prepare an evacuation plan in case you must leave. Share your plan with the relatives or friends you plan to stay with—or plan to go to a Red Cross shelter. Add to your Disaster Supplies Kit a map marked with two alternative routes to your destination. Evacuation plan completed: ___
Items purchased to protect home: __________________________________ ____________ Have an engineer check your home and advise you about ways to make it more resistant to hurricane winds. Engineer checked home: _______ _________________________________ ______________
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Official information issued by tropical cyclone warning centers describing all tropical cyclone watches and warnings in effect along with details concerning tropical cyclone locations, intensity and movement, and precautions that should be taken. Advisories are also issued to describe: (a) tropical cyclones prior to issuance of watches and warnings and (b) subtropical cyclones.
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Hurricane Season: The portion of the year having a relatively high incidence of hurricanes. The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to November 30. The hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin runs from May 15 to November 30. The hurricane season in the Central Pacific basin runs
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Hurricane / Typhoon:
Gale Warning: A warning of 1-minute sustained surface winds in the range 34 kt (39 mph or
A high wind warning is defined as 1-minute average surface winds of 35 kt (40 mph or 64 km/hr) or greater lasting for 1 hour or longer, or winds gusting to 50 kt (58 mph or 93 km/hr) or greater regardless of duration that are either expected or observed over land.
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind (using the U.S. 1-minute average) is 64 kt (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or more. The term hurricane is used for Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclones east of the International Dateline to the Greenwich Meridian. The term typhoon is used for Pacific tropical cyclones north of the Equator west of the International Dateline.
Eye: The roughly circular area of comparatively light winds that encompasses the center of a severe tropical cyclone. The eye is either completely or partially surrounded by the eyewall cloud.
An atmospheric closed circulation rotating counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
High Wind Warning:
Center: Generally speaking, the vertical axis of a tropical cyclone, usually defined by the location of minimum wind or minimum pressure. The cyclone center position can vary with altitude. In advisory products, refers to the center position at the surface.
63 km/hr) to 47 kt (54 mph or 87 km/hr) inclusive, either predicted or occurring and not directly associated with tropical cyclones.
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A subjectively-smoothed representation of a tropical cyclone’s location and intensity over its lifetime. The best track contains the cyclone’s latitude, longitude, maximum sustained surface winds, and minimum sea-level pressure at 6-hourly intervals. Best track positions and intensities, which are based on a post-storm assessment of all available data, may differ from values contained in storm advisories. They also generally will not reflect the erratic motion implied by connecting individual center fix positions.
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Terms Continued from page 5 Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-stormforce winds.
Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Landfall: The intersection of the surface center of a tropical cyclone with a coastline. Because the strongest winds in a tropical cyclone are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a cycloneâ€™s strongest winds to be experienced over land even if landfall does not occur. Similarly, it is possible for a tropical cyclone to make landfall and have its stron-
gest winds remain over the water.
Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (96 knots) or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the SaffirSimpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Storm Surge: An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, and whose height is the difference between the observed level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm tide.
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Storm Tide The water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.
Tropical Depression A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less.
Tropical Storm A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34 to 63 knots). Courtesy of The National Weather Service
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What is Wilson County Emergency Management? Wilson County Emergency Management serves the citizens of Wilson County by taking the lead coordination role during major emergency and disaster situations. They coordinate resources on the local and state level to bring to bare on the hazards that may affect the citizens of Wilson County. During major disaster situations, Wilson County Emergency Management staff work in the County Emergency Operations Center to direct other County agencies while we shelter and feed citizens, gather damage assessment information, and compile that information to work towards various disaster declarations. At times, they are tasked with making unpopular decisions that will affect the safety and well being of citizens. They also respond to hazardous materials spills, large fires, and any unusual emergency event that occurs in the County. Their role is to obtain and provide specialized resources such as Hazardous Materials Clean-up Teams, Hazardous Materials Response Teams, Specialized Search and Rescue Resources, and any other specialized resource that may be needed on an incident. Within the last year, Wilson County Emergency Management has been providing timely training on Terrorism Preparedness for emergency response agencies and the general public. If you have any specific questions, please call the office at 252-3992830. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Courtesy of Wilson County Emergency Management
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Shelter from the storm Wilson County Emergency Management is there to provide shelter to those in need during an emergency situation. While the location and number of shelters may vary, depending on the location of the emergency and number of certified personnel available for staffing, their primary locations are: • Forest Hills Middle School, 1210 NW Forest Hills Road • Darden Middle School, 1665 Lipscomb Road (overflow from Darden would direct to B.O. Barnes Elementary School, 1913 Martin L. King Parkway) In the event a shelter is opened, the WCEM will also open an animal shelter. Because of tornado damage to the former location at the Wilson County Rescue Squad building (animals are not allowed at the primary shelters), WCEM is currently working on an alternate location. Any citizens seeking to board their animal at the shelter: • Must show proof of rabies vaccination or the animal will not be permitted • Are highly encouraged to bring their own crate for their pet due to limited supplies and behavioral concerns for the pet • May not drop off their pet at the shelter and leave. All owners must stay at the shelter with their pet.
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