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History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can better prepare yourself and your family for a major hurricane or tropical storm.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge when ocean waters flood the shore, heavy rainfall that may cause flooding near and even hundreds of miles from the coast, devastating high winds that blow down trees, roofs and whole buildings, tornadoes that whip away everything in their path, and deadly rip currents that pull swimmers out to sea, even those on beaches hundreds of miles away from a hurricane zone. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property by issuing timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that you and your family be ready before a storm approaches. Boaters, the fishing industry and other mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when a hurricane is approaching.

Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena.  On average, 11 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1st to November 30th each year.  Over a typical 2- year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, 1 of which is classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater).  It is important for you to know your vulnerability and what actions you should take to better prepare yourself and your family for a hurricane or tropical storm.  These website provides information on how to learn about your specific hurricane vulnerabilities.   By knowing what actions to take before, during, and after a hurricane you can increase your chance of survival.