HURRICANES ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR: Hurricanes are likely to occur June 1 st to November.
HURRICANE WATCH Hurricane watch is issued by the National Weather Service when there is a threat of hurricane-like conditions within 24-36 hours.
HURRICANE WARNING Hurricane warning is issued by National Weather Service when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 mph or greater, or high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.
CATEGORIES AND WIND SPEEDS Category I has 74-95 mph Category II has 96-110 mph Category III has 111-130 mph Category IV has 131-155 mph
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A HURRICANE? Learn safe evacuation routes. Learn the location of official human and pet shelters by contacting your local office of emergency management for assistance. Decide where you will go in case of an evacuation order and plan your route accordingly. Prepare a disaster supply kit in a duffel bag, backpack, or covered garbage pail, which you will carry easily.
WHAT TO DO DURING A HURRICANE? Stay inside a well-constructed building. Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Close all interior doors. Go to the basement or an interior first floor room such as a bathroom, closet, or under the stairs. Lie on the floor under tables or other sturdy objects
WHAT TO DO AFTER A HURRICANE? Stay in your protected area until announcements are made on the radio or television. If you have evacuated, DO NOT TRY TO RETURN HOME UNTIL THE HURRICANE IS OVER. Avoid downed power lines and any under water. Be alert of poisonous snakes, often driven form their habitat by high water.
HURRICANE DISASTER KIT Bottled water and dried/ can foods to last 7-10 days Manual can opener Battery-operated flashlight Battery-operated radio Extra batteries Clothes\Personal care items Medications/first aid kit Cash Sleeping Bags or Blankets Sturdy shoes Insect repellent
BIBLIOGRAPHY INFORMATION WAS FOUND IN: Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Guide. IMAGES WERE FOUND AT: Maryland Emergency Management Agency.(MEMA)