Hurricane and Crisis Response

August, September and October are the most notorious months of hurricane season. While hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, the peak each year typically occurs around Labor Day. What precautions should you consider when a storm is approaching? Remember, if ordered by authorities to evacuate, follow those directions to protect yourself from what could be the devastating effects of wind, rain and flooding.

1. A cyclone or tropical storm status is declared when a tropical low-pressure system has maximum sustained winds of _______ mph.

Correct Answer: 39–73

2. Historically, many fatalities occur from the storm surge flooding associated with a hurricane’s landfall.

Correct Answer: True

3. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones only occur in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and make landfall in the southeastern United States.

Correct Answer: False

4. What preparations should you take prior to any expected tropical storm or hurricane watches and warnings from authorities?

Correct Answer: All of the above

5. Where should a portable generator be located when used during any power outage?

Correct Answer: Outside, 20 feet away from any window or door with exhaust pointed away from home

6. The main hazard from the use of a portable generator is the possibility of _______.

Correct Answer: Carbon monoxide poisoning

7. Additional hazards from the use of portable generators are _______.

Correct Answer: All of the above

8. A hurricane that has been classified as Category 5 has maximum sustained winds of at least _______ mph.

Correct Answer: 157

9. After a hurricane, there is an increased hazard from disease-carrying insects due to standing water, and from reptiles because of loss of food sources and natural habitat.

Correct Answer: True

10. A tropical storm watch is issued when tropical storm-force conditions are anticipated within _______ hours.

Correct Answer: 48