June 2009 Volume 1 Number 6
“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” Max Mayfield, National Hurricane Center
History has taught us some very costly lessons. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
All hurricanes are dangerous, but some more so than others. Storm surge, wind and other factors determine the hurricane’s destructive power. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration uses categories to help explain the predicted hazards of approaching hurricanes. Category 1 is a minimum hurricane; category 5 is the worst case.
Before the storm arrives you should make yourself aware of the storm surge history and elevation in your area, learn the safe routes inland and the locations of local shelters. In order to minimize damage to your building’s roof, you should:
WATCHING ON THE WEB AccuWeather.com
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service
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