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HAVE YOU CHECKED TODAY'S WEATHER REPORT?
Hurricanes Danielle and Earl have passed us by. What about the next one? Are you keeping you and your family informed about the potential for hurricane impacts to Brevard's coastline?
Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
- A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
- A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
- Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
|Scale Number (Category)
||Sustained Winds (MPH)
||Storm Surge |
||Minimal: Unanchored mobile homes, vegetation and signs.
||4-5 feet |
||Moderate: All mobile homes, roofs, small crafts, flooding.
||6-8 feet |
||Extensive: Small buildings, low-lying roads cut off.
||9-12 feet |
||Extreme: Roofs destroyed, trees down, roads cut off, mobile homes destroyed. Beach homes flooded.
||13-18 feet |
||More than 155
||Catastrophic: Most buildings destroyed. Vegetation destroyed. Major roads cut off. Homes flooded.
||Greater than 18 feet |
Hurricanes can produce widespread torrential rains. Floods are the deadly and destructive result. Slow moving storms and tropical storms moving into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides, especially in mountainous regions. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall. Flooding on rivers and streams may persist for several days or more after the storm. Prepare Your Home
For more information on planning for and recover from hurricanes and flooding and a myriad of other emergency preparedness safety tips and topics, visit www.ready.gov, www.floridadisaster.org or contact Titusville Fire and Emergency Services at 383-5708 www.titusville.com. Remember that the key to emergency preparedness is:
- Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- Keep food safe during and after an emergency
GET A KIT, GET A PLAN, BE INFORMED!