Category 5! Are you prepared?
by Staff
Hurricanes can be extremely scary -- especially if your home is right in the path of a destructive Category 4 or 5 storm. But there are ways to prepare your family and home for when the next one makes landfall. Take our quiz to find out just how prepared you really are in case the big one hits!

What does a hurricane watch mean?

  • A tropical storm is heading your way but hasn't turned into a hurricane yet.
  • A hurricane is forecasted to hit your area in a few days.
  • A hurricane's coming your way within 48 hours.

What's a hurricane warning?

  • A hurricane's coming your way within 36 hours.
  • A hurricane will hit land within four hours.
  • Everyone must evacuate immediately.

What should you do if a hurricane watch is issued for your area?

  • Nothing. It probably won't affect you.
  • Stay put and listen for further information.
  • Start implementing your family emergency plan.

How many days of food and water should be stocked in your disaster kit?

  • one to two
  • at least three
  • a week

How much water should each person have per day?

  • 1 liter
  • half gallon
  • 1 gallon

What type of material should you use to board up your windows in case of a hurricane?

  • solid pine
  • plywood
  • Plexiglas

When is Hurricane Preparedness Week in 2012?

  • January/February
  • May/June
  • September/October

According to the National Weather Service, what's the best way to prevent getting stuck in a hurricane?

  • building a safe room in your house
  • evacuating while the hurricane is still a tropical storm
  • using common sense

About how many tropical storms develop each year off the south and east coasts of the United States?

  • eight
  • 11
  • 14

How many of those become hurricanes?

  • three
  • six
  • nine

How many of those do strike the coastline?

  • one or two
  • two or three
  • three or four

When does the Atlantic hurricane season start?

  • June
  • August
  • October

When does it end?

  • September
  • October
  • November

When is the peak of hurricane season?

  • July through September
  • August through October
  • September through November

What's the bigger danger from a hurricane: the wind or the storm surge?

  • wind
  • storm surge
  • both

What's the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a Category 4, in terms of damage?

  • A Category 4 storm is four times worse than a Category 1.
  • A Category 4 storm is 50 times worse.
  • A Category 4 storm is 100 times worse.

Which of these is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes?

  • roof
  • garage door
  • chimney

Which of these places is a good spot for a hurricane safe room?

  • garage
  • upstairs bedroom
  • basement bathroom

How long should you wait to leave after you're ordered to evacuate?

  • Don't wait at all.
  • about an hour
  • You don't need to leave if your safe room is totally secure.

If your town is under a hurricane warning, what should you do with your refrigerator?

  • Unplug it.
  • Crank it up to the coldest setting.
  • Use it to keep your front door from flying open.