Hurricane Preparation

All the ways to prepare for a hurricane!

Supplies Needed for a Hurricane

When preparing for a hurricane you need to use supplies that do not require lots of electricity. Supplies like radios and flashlights are a necessity. Since they are battery operated, extra batteries will be needed.

What will you eat?

In order to prepare for a hurricane you must bring non perishable food items. These foods can include: peanut butter, crackers, nuts, canned meats, and dried fruits. Also remember to bring lots of bottled water!!

What to do? Where to go?

The Formation of Hurricanes

What starts the storm?

Hurricanes gather their energy from warm ocean waters. Water evaporation increases their intensity. Hurricanes can rotate either clock wise or counter clockwise.The center of the storm is called the "eye" and is the calmest part. Having only light winds and fair weather. When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can cause lots of destruction.

How bad can hurricanes be?

Hurricanes can travel far and move very fast. There are five categories that are used to classify hurricanes. The categories are as follows:

Category 1: Minimal damage on land

Category 2: Moderate damage on land

Category 3: Extensive damage on land

Category 4: Severe damage on land

Category 5: Catastrophic damage on land

Famous Storms

The deadliest US hurricane is the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. This hurricane hit land on September 8, 1900 in Galveston Texas. It is estimated that 6000-8000 people were killed. The severity of the storm could not accurately be detected because advanced weather predicting technology did not yet exist. Also, Galveston was a huge tourist spot during this time period and the weather warnings which were issued by the US Weather Bureau were dismissed by the tourists and the residents. The city was soon flooded by a 15 foot storm surge and numerous buildings and homes were destroyed. Following the hurricane a flood prevention wall was built.