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It is important to get ready before disasters strike, below you will find some tips to help
General No-Cost Preparedness Tips
Extreme Thunderstorm Tips
Hurricane / Typhoon Tips
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The 6 Ps of Emergency Evacuation:
Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Mobile homes can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by large hail or damaging wind identified by a National Weather Service (NWS) forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter or law enforcement watching the storm.
This video from the National Weather Service provides safety tips for the whole community
This alert implies a wildfire likely to rage out of control. It is often hard to predict these fires because they behave erratically and sometimes dangerously. The NWS uses very specific fire science criteria to determine the need for this alert.
The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. They are called hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans, and typhoons in the Central Pacific Ocean.
Learn about the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and the damage that typically occurs with each category
Listen for National Weather Service (NWS) alerts on TV or radio, on your smartphone or tablet, or check for them online. There are two kinds of alerts:
Make sure everyone in your household knows your hurricane plans. Include workplaces, children's daycare and schools, landlords or property managers, neighbors, friends, and family members who don’t live with you.
Planning is vital to making sure that you can evacuate quickly and safely with the rest of your household. The first thing you need to know is whether you live in a designated Evacuation Zone, and if so, which one. If you’re not sure, use this state-by-state list to find information for your area.
Review the list below, and if you can, bring the included items and any others you and your household members may need to support activities of daily living. The goal is to make sure you and others in your household are able to maintain a pre-disaster level of independence.