The Unpredictable Nature of Storm Surges & How You Can Prepare

How to Prepare for a Storm SurgeA storm surge is often the most dangerous part of any hurricane, causing the biggest threat to life and property. It occurs when the sea rises above normal levels as a result of storm winds, and unfortunately, it can be incredibly unpredictable in nature. That’s because there are many factors that can change its size and strength, including the size of the storm, its direction, wind speeds,  angle of approach, atmospheric pressure, and the shape and the slope of the coastline. While forecasters can try and predict which communities are most at risk, the ever-changing nature of hurricanes and their paths make it difficult to pinpoint the extent of the damage that will occur.

While it may seem that fighting a storm surge is a losing battle, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and minimize the impact of flooding at your home. In order to be as prepared as possible, you can take the following precautions:

  • Place sandbags around the foundation of your home, as well as near any vents or openings.
  • Board up all of your doors and windows, and move all yard objects inside your home.
  • Move your furniture and all important documents to a higher level of your home, if possible.
  • Turn off the gas and electricity in your house.
  • Ensure that your family has an emergency kit with all medications, a radio, flashlight, and batteries.
  • Fill your car with gas, and withdraw extra money from the ATM.
  • Select an evacuation destination that is preferably within your local area to avoid encountering traffic congestion on the highways.

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