Updated: May 5, 2019
While it is very difficult to think of leaving your home and valuables behind during a mandatory evacuation in your area... remember things can be replaced but your life is irreplaceable. Heed the warnings from your local authorities and evacuate as directed whenever natural disasters threaten the safety of you and your family.
This photo looks devastating but this family lived to rebuild. They evacuated when prompted and now have a chance to start again. It's always better to leave when given the mandatory evacuation warnings and keep you and your family out of the path of disaster.
“Disasters happen. It's how we prepare for them that makes the difference.”
The Atlantic hurricane season is June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. On average there are 6 hurricanes, three which are categorized as “major,” each year. History provides important examples of the potentially dangerous impact hurricanes can have and the need to be prepared.
The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history, referred to as the “Great Galveston Hurricane,” struck Texas in 1900 and resulted in an estimated 11,000 deaths.
Since 1851, the top three states for hurricane landfalls are Florida (114), Texas (63), and Louisiana (54), according to data from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami.
Hurricane Sandy caused 8.5 million power outages across 21 states, the highest outage total ever.
23 days after Hurricane Katrina local utilities had power restored to only three-quarters of their customers.