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Hurricane Season 2018: Atlantic Hurricane Damage $17.125 Billion USD


Hurricane Season 2018: Atlantic Hurricane Damage $17.125 Billion USD

What is Hurricane?
A hurricane is an intense tropical weather disturbance that occurs in the ocean when sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour or more.  Hurricanes thrive in waters with a temperature of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit, combined with a moist environment and non-shearing winds in the upper atmosphere, which allow the hurricane to grow vertically.

Commonly, hurricanes move throughout a large and elevated pressure system called a Bermuda High, which is characteristic for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States; however some hurricanes can be difficult to forecast due to its unpredictable path.

Since 1953 hurricanes have been given names to keep track of storms occurring at the same time.  In 1979, male names were added to the register, which is comprised of six annual lists that are rotated every six years.  If a tropical storm or hurricane causes notable death or destruction, the name will no longer be used for future storms.

Hurricane evacuation shelters are provided for public use in the event a hurricane evacuation is necessary and residents have no other option for refuge. Buildings used for evacuation shelters are generally public schools staffed by Red Cross volunteers. However, often churches will provide shelter as well.

Be prepared to stay in the shelter for several days. Alcohol and weapons are not permitted. Pets are only allowed in Pet Shelters. For a complete list of shelters, call (850) 471-6400 or continue reading this section to view a printable document.

Should you choose an alternate plan, it is recommended that arrangements be made with a friend or relative who lives in a well constructed home out of the evacuation area that is properly protected to withstand hurricane force winds.

In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately and in some cases it may take multiple days for help to arrive. What would you do if you were without electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times.

Tools and Other Supply Items:

You should have a basic tool kit with items you feel are necessary to make temporary repairs after the storm. Basics include: 

__ Paper plates
__ Plastic utensils

__ Plastic sheeting
__ Flashlights

__ Battery-operated radio

__ Spare batteries

__ Non-electric can opener

__ Fire extinguisher
__Tent
__ Whistle to signal for help
__ Matches
__ Aluminum foil
__ Plastic storage containers
__ Plastic garbage bags
__ Small shovel
__ Corded phone (a cordless phone requires electricity)

Special Needs Shelter

Those that meet the minimum medical standards will be allowed access, those that do not meet the minimum standards will be referred to an American Red Cross general shelter, and those that exceed medical criteria will be referred to a higher level care facility such as a nursing home or hospital. General medical standards for the Special Needs Shelter are generally described below for your clarification and planning. A registration acknowledgement letter will be mailed for each registration to the registrant.



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