Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.
Prepare your family
Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
|Scale Number (Category)||Sustained Winds (MPH)||Damage||Storm Surge|
|1||74-95||Minimal: Unanchored mobile homes, vegetation and signs.||4-5 feet|
|2||96-110||Moderate: All mobile homes, roofs, small crafts, flooding.||6-8 feet|
|3||111-130||Extensive: Small buildings, low-lying roads cut off.||9-12 feet|
|4||131-155||Extreme: Roofs destroyed, trees down, roads cut off, mobile homes destroyed. Beach homes flooded.||13-18 feet|
|5||More than 155||Catastrophic: Most buildings destroyed. Vegetation destroyed. Major roads cut off. Homes flooded.||Greater than 18 feet|
Prepare Your Home
Prepare Your Business
Plan to stay in business, talk to your employees, and protect your investment.
Listen to Local Officials
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane by visiting the following resources:
Encourage Electronic Payments for Federal Benefit Recipients
Keep in mind a disaster can disrupt mail service for days or even weeks. For those who depend on the mail for their Social Security benefits, a difficult situation can become worse if they are evacuated or lose their mail service – as 85,000 check recipients learned after Hurricane Katrina. Switching to electronic payments is one simple, significant way people can protect themselves financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
Signing up for direct deposit or the Direct Express card is a simple but important step that can help protect your family's access to funds in case the unthinkable were to happen. If you or those close to you are still receiving Social Security or other federal benefits by check, please consider switching to one of these safer, easier options today.
Courtesy of Ready.gov.
Last updated 7/27/10
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