Hurricane season is usually June through November. Most storms last a week and move 10-20 mph over an open ocean.
People can be affected by hurricanes regardless of their proximity to the coastline.
Avoid hurricane damage:
Remove or anchor objects that could become airborne and damage your home such as tree branches, trashcans, grills and play structures.
Reinforce your garage doors to avoid expensive structural wind damage.
Buy hurricane straps made of galvanized metal and storm shutters to secure your roof and windows.
General preparedness tips:
Set a family communication plan, keeping everyone on the same page about contact information, utilities, pets and evacuation strategies.
Build an emergency kit with basic supplies such as water, food, batteries, a first-aid kit and medications. Don’t forget your pets! Make an emergency kit for them with food, water, an extra leash and a blanket.
Join local disaster support groups to learn preparation skills and to assist in relief efforts in your own area.
*This information compiled from the emergency preparedness sites of the American Red Cross, National Hurricane Center, Centers for Disease Control, National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.