With hurricane season less than a month away, the Town of Wake Forest is urging area residents to use Hurricane Preparedness Week to learn how to protect themselves and their families from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage due to winds varying from 74 to more than 157 miles per hour and torrential rain, which can lead to extensive flooding. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, but the National Weather Service has designated the week of May 6-12 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Each day from May 6-12 carries a different meaning.
Sunday was used to determine whether you live in an area which could be at risk for hurricanes and Monday was intended for people and families to develop an evacuation plan. Make sure you know if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Tuesday, try to assemble disaster supplies. Wednesday, check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home and don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Thursday, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Friday, see if you can help your neighbor prepare in any way. Saturday write it all down. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now.
For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.