It’s still the beginning of storm season, but hurricane preparedness is probably not on your mind too much just yet. Hurricane season started on the first of June and will run right up until the end of November when storm season comes to an end.
It is of the utmost importance to exercise ongoing hurricane preparedness. Here are nine facts about hurricanes that we hope will motivate you to start prepping today!
Tropical storms that reach a speed of 74 miles per hour or more are classified as hurricanes. The energy released per second from some of the bigger hurricanes can be equivalent to that of an atomic bomb.
Hurricanes often result in many fatalities due to sea water moving inland and causing many areas to flood.
There is a three hundred-year-old hurricane on the planet Jupiter that is bigger in size than the entire earth.
Florida is the most prone state to hurricanes, experiencing at least 40% of all that occur throughout the country. Not surprisingly, Florida is also the state with the most expensive homeowners’ insurance and year after year, millions of dollars are spent on hurricane preparedness.
Hurricanes are categorized from one to five. Category one hurricanes starting at a speed of 74 miles per hour and category five hurricanes going up to 155 miles per hour.
Hurricane Katrina was classified as a category three hurricane when it made landfall and caused damage of over $100 billion.
Stronger hurricanes are capable of reaching up to 50,000 feet in the air.
Regionally, the eastern Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, southern Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are the most prone to hurricanes.
Hurricanes kill more people than any other force of nature and being adequately prepared is vitally important.
To start you off with a plan of action, here are a few key supplies to have in case of a hurricane: A three day supply of water minimum, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medicines, extra cash, blankets and sleeping bags.
In terms of homeowners insurance, it is extremely important to have adequate coverage as well as know about flood insurance. Carefully consider the following:
Special coverage: You will require to be insured against any and “hopefully” most natural disasters. This is largely dependent on your insurer.
In the event of a disaster, you also need to make sure all of your family’s belonging are accounted for by making sure your home inventory checklist is up-to-date. Click the image to download your free copy, and stay safe this hurricane season!