Alabama Hurricane Awareness Week

...Disaster Prevention Plans... 



The goal of hurricane preparedness week is to provide education about the hazards associated with a hurricane which will prepare you to take action as a hurricane approaches. This information may save

your work, home, on the road, or on the water. Each day of Hurricane Preparedness Week features a unique topic relevant to education and awareness. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st until November 30th for the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.



Today we will focus on developing a disaster prevention plan. The most important thing you can do is to be well informed and prepared. The first step in developing a disaster plan is to recognize the types of hazards that may affect your home or community.  



Here are some questions you need to answer...


Are you near a flood zone?


Do you lose power frequently during wind storms?


Do you have a safe place in your home?


Do you have proper insurance coverage?


Do you have non-perishable supplies?


Do you have a first aid kit?


When you hear of a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning, pay special attention to its expected arrival time and local impacts, such as high winds and flooding.


A safe place is a location within your home that will protect you from storm damage.  Once a hurricane moves onshore, it will weaken, but may still produce wind gusts in excess of 100 mph many miles inland. The safest place is a basement with no windows. If you do not have a basement, go to the interior hallway or room on the lowest floor without windows. Inland tropical storms can also

produce tornadoes. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, go to your safe place immediately.


Unlike tornadoes, hurricanes can produce damage over a large area. Due to the widespread nature of the damage, it will take longer for power crews to restore power to everyone...several days in some make sure you have several days of emergency supplies on hand.



For additional historical or preparedness information, you can visit these sites on the World Wide Web:


National Weather Service Birmingham, Alabama


National Weather Service Mobile, Alabama


National Hurricane Center

Additional info from NHC




NOAA Coastal Services Center - historical hurricane tracks is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.