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
How much water should each person have per day?
What type of material should you use to board up your windows in case of a hurricane?
When is Hurricane Preparedness Week in 2012?
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?
How many of those become hurricanes?
How many of those do strike the coastline?
one or two
two or three
three or four
When does the Atlantic hurricane season start?
When does it end?
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?
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?
Which of these places is a good spot for a hurricane safe room?
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?