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.
2. Historically, many fatalities occur from the storm surge flooding associated with a hurricane’s landfall.
3. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones only occur in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and make landfall in the southeastern United States.
4. What preparations should you take prior to any expected tropical storm or hurricane watches and warnings from authorities?
5. Where should a portable generator be located when used during any power outage?
6. The main hazard from the use of a portable generator is the possibility of _______.
7. Additional hazards from the use of portable generators are _______.
8. A hurricane that has been classified as Category 5 has maximum sustained winds of at least _______ mph.
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.
10. A tropical storm watch is issued when tropical storm-force conditions are anticipated within _______ hours.