Updated: Feb 11, 2018
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world. .
Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding .
“ The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30 .”
Prepare Weather Recovery
Unplug your appliances and power cords from outlets to protect them from power surges
Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass
If flood waters reached the level of electrical outlets, contact a licensed electrician before attempting to use electricity in the home
If you plan to use a portable generator, ESFI recommends a licensed electrician install it to ensure it will operate safely
Use flashlights as a source of light. Candles are a fire hazard
Prior to use, have a qualified service repair dealer determine what electrical equipment should be replaced and what can be reconditioned
Test your home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure they’re functioning
Never operate a generator inside your home or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including garage
Never touch a fallen power line or drive through standing water if a downed power line is nearby. Report downed power lines to local authorities
Use a battery operated radio to stay informed about important safety update