With the Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1st through November 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is giving tips on preparing for the season.
The first of the season, (although 2 days early), Tropical Storm Alberto, came ashore on the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, forcing tributes to be canceled. Safety was the priority, but the decision was still a “heartbreaker,” said Tom Rice, a 29-year-old Army veteran who leads the organizations that planned a ceremony Monday at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
Some stragglers still made their way through the rain to pay tribute at the cemetery’s Veterans Tribute Tower, however. Rice said American flags had been placed Saturday on the graves of all 1,700 veterans buried in the cemetery.
Hurricanes are dangerous and destructive. Known also as cyclones and typhoons in other parts of the world, hurricanes cause high winds, flooding, heavy rain, and storm surges (high tidal waves).
The CDC offers the following tips:
- Preparing for a Hurricane: Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Emergency Supplies You Will Need: Stock your home and your car with supplies.
- Make a Plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Avoid Flooded Areas: Take precautions before, during, and after a flood.
- Prepare to Evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order.
- Protecting Older Adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protecting Pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the storm: Ensure your CO detector has working batteries. Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
- After a hurricane: Learn how to avoid injuries, make sure your food and water are safe, and clean up mold safely.