Hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding. They can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.
How Can You Prepare for a Hurricane?
- Know Your Hurricane Risk
- Make An Emergency Plan
- Know Your Evacuation Zone
- Recognize Warning And Alerts
- Get Tech Ready
- Gather Supplies
Stay Informed And Safe During A Hurricane:
- Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
- If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone and local officials tell you to evacuate, do so immediately.
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Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.
- Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
- Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
- Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
°Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
Depending on the type of flooding:
°Evacuate if told to do so.
°Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
°Stay where you are.
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