Category 5! Are you prepared?

By: Staff

What does a hurricane watch mean?

If a hurricane watch is issued in your area, it means a hurricane could be headed your way within 48 hours.

What's a hurricane warning?

A hurricane warning means a hurricane will probably hit within 36 hours. Time to get moving.

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

Sure, the hurricane might not hit -- and if it does, it won't be for another two days. But you need to start putting the wheels in motion.

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

You should have about three to seven days' worth of food and water for everyone in your group.

How much water should each person have per day?

The general rule is 1 gallon per person, per day.

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

Storm shutters are best, but if you don't have them, 5/8-inch plywood, cut to fit each window, is your best bet.

When is Hurricane Preparedness Week in 2012?

Bet you didn't know about Hurricane Preparedness Week, but it's May 21-25, right at the start of hurricane season.

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

More than any expensive storm shutters or well-stocked safety room, your best hurricane defense is good old common sense.

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

An average of 11 tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

How many of those become hurricanes?

Six of those develop into hurricanes -- but not all of them actually hit land.

How many of those do strike the coastline?

In any given three-year period, about five hurricanes strike the U.S. coastline, so about one or two a year.

When does the Atlantic hurricane season start?

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1.

When does it end?

Hurricane season is finally over at the end of November.

When is the peak of hurricane season?

Mid-August to late October is usually when hurricanes really crank up.

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

The biggest threat from a hurricane often comes after the fact: the storm surge.

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

Category 4 hurricanes usually cause 100 times more damage than Category 1 storms.

Which of these is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes?

Garage doors often don't hold up to hurricane-force winds.

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

For your safe room, you want an interior room in a low place in the house (as long as storm surge is not a concern). Bathtubs are also good spots to take cover.

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

When the evacuation order is issued, you should be halfway out the door. Don't wait.

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

Make your fridge and freezer as cold as possible so your food has a better chance of surviving a power outage.

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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!

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