Hurricane Season Picking Up Steam
The 2008 hurricane season is off to a fairly decent start with the coming and going of Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard. In fact, the National Weather Service predicts that the U.S. will experience up to 12-16 named stormes, 6-9 hurricanes and 2-5 intense hurricanes during 2008, a reminder that we should prepare for potential weather emergencies.
Hurricanes Reach Far and Wide
Although Hurricanes are coastal storms, they can carry their force inland for hundreds of miles. Heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes add to the damage that hurricanes can cause. For this reason, Georgians should prepare during the hurricane season to stay alert for the formation of these powerful storms.
How You Can Prepare
Call – your local emergency management or planning and zoning office to find out if you live in an area that could flood during heavy rains.
Make A Plan – Talk with your family about the type of storms which can result with the passage of hurricanes.
Stay Informed – Listen to local radio and television reports for guidance when disaster threatens.
Build A Disaster Kit – Include canned food and a can opener, a first aid kit, battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.