Hurricane season is here, and the first named storm of 2011 is currently churning in the Pacific. Adrian, currently 350 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, is currently forecasted to move out further into the Pacific and not pose a threat to the U.S. or its territories.
Even though Adrian isn’t expected to threaten the U.S., it serves as a good reminder that now is the time to be prepared if you live in a coastal area or could be affected by severe tropical weather. Ready.gov/hurricanes has tips for creating your family emergency plan and getting an emergency kit, so check it out today. And visit this blog post from yesterday to see how you can stay informed before a disaster strikes, with resources for the latest information about hurricanes and tropical storms from the National Hurricane Center and others.
Here are some safety tips to remember, in case a hurricane or tropical storm threatens your area:
- Listen to the direction of local officials. Be sure to know your evacuation route in case evacuation orders are given.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed – as high winds may cause loose branches to break free during a hurricane.
In addition to high winds, hurricanes and tropical storms can cause significant rainfall and flooding. Purchasing flood insurance is a great way to protect your home or business from the financial damages of flooding, so visit www.FloodSmart.gov today. Flood insurance policies take 30 days to become effective, so be sure to purchase flood insurance before you need it.