This is Part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts. Click here for the entire series.
Terms you should know...
A cluster of clouds and/or thunderstorms with little or no circulation* or strong wind.
An organized system of clouds and/or thunderstorms with some circulation at surface, highest winds less than 39 mph.
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with stronger circulation than tropical depressions. Highest wind speed 39–73 mph. These storms can quickly accelerate when they reach tropical storm strength, and become hurricanes. Storms are named when they reach tropical storm strength.
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with very strong, pronounced circulation; winds of 74 mph or more.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch
Tropical storm or hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to the area within 36 hours.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning
Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.
What's in a Disaster Kit?
Create a disaster kit to take with you in case of emergency. The American Red Cross recommends…
- First aid kit and essential medications
- Canned food and manual can opener
- At least 3 gallons of water per person
- Protective clothing, rain wear
- Bedding or sleeping bags
- Battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled
Emergency supplies to have at home:
- Two-week supply of medicines, prescriptions
- First aid supplies
- Medical ID
- Extra clothing, eyeglasses, etc.
- Manual can opener
- Ice chest and ice
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags
- Quiet games, books, playing cards
- Portable radio/flashlights and clock with extra batteries
- Infant necessities (baby food, formula, disposable diapers)
- Tools, nails, duct tape
- Important papers (valid ID)
- Plenty of cash (ATM's may not work)
- Fire extinguisher
- Disposable plates, glasses, and utensils
- Disposable washcloths and paper towels
- Bleach (without lemon or any additives)
- Trash bags
- Water storage containers
- Fuel can and fuel, sterno
- Portable, battery-powered lanterns
- Mosquito repellent
- Bottled water
- Powdered or individually packaged drinks like Sqwincher
- Crackers, cereals, cookies, snacks
- Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, puddings, milk
- Special dietary foods
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Powdered or shelf-pack milk
- Dried fruit
- Instant coffee and tea
- Pet food
The next post will discuss considerations after the storm and pet safety.