Hurricane season is upon the Houston area. Though we have only had two named storms hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The first step in being prepared is reviewing the Houston Evacuation Zones and Evacuation Routes.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage and can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall. According to According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.
It’s important to make sure your family is prepared for a hurricane. To make hurricanes less scary and easier to understand you can get your children involved in the preparedness planning. First educate your kids. Let them know all the facts about hurricanes including what constitutes a hurricane and the odds of hurricanes in your area. A great printable weather book can be found here and SciJinks.com has great information too.
The next step in being prepared is making a plan. Gather the family together and talk about the issues that might be on your children’s minds. Make a list of all the solutions to those problems. Some common questions might be: Will we evacuate? If we stay home what do we do? What about our pets? FEMA has a great printable emergency plan here.
The last step in being prepared for a hurricane is making an emergency supply kit. Some things that all kits should include are water and food for at least three days for each person in the house, a battery powered radio, flashlights, a first aid kit. If you have infants and small children stock up and formula diapers and wipes too. It doesn’t hurt to through a few new games to keep the kids busy too. FEMA has a complete emergency supply list here.
Do you have any other tips? Please share them below.
Fun and Games for the kids from Ready.gov
NOAA websites for kids
2012 Hurricane names
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