Hurricanes are massively powerful storms that can leave a wake of devastation in their path. Different types of flooding, destructive winds, and tornadoes are just some of the hazards associated with hurricanes that can have devastating implications for you and your family. It is important to be familiar with the wealth of resources available to you should a hurricane visit your area in 2016. It could mean the difference between life and death for you or a loved one.
Here are some great resources for important hurricane information that you need to know.
Where to Turn for Hurricane Information in 2016
- Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This is a great resource to monitor hurricane activity and people you care about in any area. It will alert you of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings within a specified radius you set. You can also let others know you are safe even if your power is out.
- Don’t forget to tune into your local news stations for up-to-date information on school closures, local developing conditions, and other important news about the hurricane.
- Go to DriveTexas.org to keep track of road conditions if you are having to travel. It will keep you informed of closures, construction, damage, flooding, and other information.
- For up-to-date weather reports and hurricane info, stay tuned to your local National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office
- Check out your neighborhood social media pages for need-to-know information including neighborhood groups and info on flooding in the area. This has become a useful tool for local communities to help each other in times of disaster, to fight crime, and to organize neighborhood activities.
Hurricane Season 2016 is Here. Are You Ready?
The time to prepare for hurricanes is before they come. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the myriad of hazards a hurricane can bring: from inland flooding to destructive winds and tornadoes. Be informed about evacuations and what to expect should you need to evacuate. Be familiar with all the resources on hurricane information you have available to you and how they will help you before, during, and after a hurricane comes. From Hydrological Solutions to you and your family this hurricane season, be prepared, be informed, and be safe.
You are probably well aware of the dangers of the initial impact of a hurricane, tropical storm or tropical cyclone. You may not be as aware of the dangers of the “after shock” or what is commonly known as inland flooding.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. For example, 1999 brought intense rains and record setting flooding in the Eastern part of the U.S. Fifty of the 56 people who perished in the storm died from inland flooding.
What is Inland Flooding
Inland flooding is severe flooding that occurs in conjunction with major tropical storms and hurricanes. It can extend as far inland from the coast as 100 miles. This hurricane flooding is the result of intense rainfall most often associated with weaker storms which travel slowly or stall over a specific area.
The National Weather Service refers to hurricane flooding as a deadly inland danger. It also has devastating financial impact. Hurricane Katrina produced flooding ranked as one of the most devastating in US history and the most financially shattering natural disaster, costing $81 billion. More than 1,800 people died in that storm, due largely in part to the flooding.
How to be Prepared
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the 2016 Hurricane Season to be near normal, with at least a 70% expectation of 10-16 named storms, including up to four major hurricanes. The National Weather Service offers these 7 preparation tips:
- When a hurricane is expected, plan for hurricane flooding.
- Determine if you live in a flood zone before the hurricane strikes.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Listen to the news for alerts about dangerous road conditions.
- Move to a safe area before it is cut off by flood water.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing water. As little as six inches can cause you to lose control of your car. Two feet of water will carry most cars away.
- Develop a flood emergency action plan with your community leaders.
Protecting Your Home
With more hurricanes expected than in recent years, it is more important than ever to be prepared and be protected. Protecting your home can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. That’s where Hydrological Solutions comes in.
Our Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) provides the ultimate flood protection for both residential and commercial property. We can help ease the worry of protecting your home during natural disasters like hurricanes and associated infland flooding. Contact us now for more information about our flood damage prevention devices.