WJCL has compiled this information to help you and your family ahead of severe weather in our area.
Georgia, South Carolina Hurricane Guide: What you need to know for the 2023 storm season
WJCL has compiled this information to help you and your family ahead of severe weather in our area.
River screened underwater. The port of Savannah's containers stacked Tybee Island protected from flooding hurricane season is almost here. Storm surge can flood River street in *** matter of minutes. The time to prepare is now. Hi, I'm Jeff Ross. Coming up on Rossin reports, severe weather everywhere from flooding to tornadoes to hurricanes. We have the inexpensive gadgets you need for your car and for your home to save you and your family's life coming up. Find out how the port of Savannah is preparing for the 2023 hurricane season. And we'll be taking *** look how storm surge impacts the beach of coastal Georgia and the low country. W JCL 22 is showing you how to survive the storm powered by K E MC and your Touchstone Energy Cooperative storm Tracker. 22 chief meteorologist Jeremy Nelson. Last hurricane season, hurricanes Ian and Nicole Slay parts of the US coastline Savannah and the low country were spared. Ian made landfall as *** major category four hurricane in southwest Florida, sending record storm surge and devastating winds across the coast developed near the end of hurricane season and was only the 4th November hurricane to make landfall along the US coast. And the first since 1985 this year WJC 22 is forecasting *** near to slightly above average hurricane season. Our certified most accurate team of meteorologists will help you get ready before during and after *** storm through the years. These sand dunes have protected Tybee Island from storm surge flooding but over time, they have taken *** beating sand dunes are the first line of defense from flooding from *** hurricane. I spoke to Dr Alexander of the Skiway Institute of Oceanography has really been *** focal point of good planning, good application of the kinds of coastal engineering that you can do to make an island safer. The re nourishment of the beach is important to continue to protect Tybee Island from storm surge. Flooding Island has received beach renourishment every decade since the 1970 s. Their most recent renourishment was in early 2020 during that renourishment where they built *** nice wide beach to protect the island. They also built sand dunes which form *** barrier all along the front side of Tybee Island which will protect the island from *** storm overwash. Should we experience another large storm like hurricane Irma or Matthew? The shape of our coast? And timing of *** land falling hurricane plays *** big role on storm surge, flooding in coastal Georgia and the low country. We are very much more sensitive to whether *** storm is coming in at high tide or whether it's coming in at low tide at low tide, we may not even notice the storm surge whereas at high tide, it can be much more significant and damaging to us. Over the last three years, the skid away Institute of Oceanography has monitored tivis beaches using aerial drones. The drones take *** large number of photographs over time. These photos help determine how sand is moving around on the beach. It allows us to map where the high water line is and we can track that and project it into the future. The drone footage gives the city of Tybee Island time to prepare for additional beach renourishment in the future storm surge and flooding accounts for 90% of all deaths during hurricanes six years ago. Tropical storm Irma's storm surge flooded this entire area on River street. In fact, I'm standing right where our cameras captured *** blue dodge charger just *** few feet from the sea wall. That car was nearly submerged under water and it stood at five ft. Irma's winds gusted over 60 miles an hour. It's an ocean like waves rolling over the Savannah River. But what made Irma's storm surge so high were downtown was not the wind but the timing Irma arrived right on cue with the historical high tide at 12 25 PM. At the Fort Pulaski measuring station, the combination of storm and tide created *** tide level of 12.24 ft the second highest tide on record. Just under hurricane Matthew. The flooding surged over the barriers on the riverfront and over the cobblestone into local restaurants. Tropical storm Irma was not the first time our area has experienced devastating storm surge just one year before hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the low country with the eye of Matthew, just 20 miles offshore. Matthew became one of the most powerful storms to impact the low country. Storm surge pushed boats inland. Boats were also washed ashore at the Palmetto Bay, Marina on Hilton Head Island. Hurricane Matthew had the highest tide ever recorded at Fort Pulaski at 12.56 ft. Preparing for hurricane season is essential especially for the port of Savannah which operates over 2000 acres of critical seaport. The Garden City terminal is massive. It's the single largest container terminal in the western hemisphere with around the clock operations at the port. Hurricane season planning is vital for the port's success. Kevin Doyle is the senior Director of Protective Services with the Georgia Ports Authority. He says planning is *** top priority preparedness and readiness is critical for us and something we take very seriously. It's something we're thinking about year round impacts from past weather. Events are helping their current preparations. We've gotten some experience in the last 5 to 7 years because of some storms in May of 2017. *** tornado spun strong winds across parts of the Garden city terminal, pushing around shipping containers. Recent hurricane seasons have also delivered fierce winds and knowledge for future planning with hurricane Matthew. We experienced pretty high winds. We had *** fair amount of boxes move when we had Irma. We didn't have as many. We've gotten better at that. So the answer is we don't have *** specific scale that tells us what MPH, what we need to do. We prepare for the worst case. *** storm is coming. The hurricane plan for the port of Savannah is all about safety as the storm approaches, securing equipment is critical. The containers here are stacked closely to increase stability during high winds and the ship to shore cranes are built withstand *** major hurricane. We have *** very specific plan for each crane that involves locking them down, putting pins in place and they're ready up to *** category five. This drone video shows preparations that took place in September of 2017 as hurricane Irma threatened coastal Georgia. The RTG cranes are lined up and secured, ready to face potential hurricane force winds while the port of Savannah is prepared to survive any hurricane. There is one scenario they are hoping to avoid based on what we've learned from meteorologists from the National Weather Service, something that comes in *** little south of us that puts us in that northeastern quadrant of the storm. We get that sort of counter clockwise wind and tidal surge that would be the worst case. Having your hurricane evacuation plan is extremely important. The steps you can take now to prepare and don't forget about your pets. What you should pack before *** disaster strikes. This is surviving the storm powered by Kuchi E MC and your Touchstone Energy Cooperative. Having your hurricane evacuation plan is extremely important. There are steps you can take now to prepare plan places where your family will meet in the event of an emergency fuel up. Gas stations may be closed during power outages. Keep *** full tank of gas in your car. If an evacuation seems likely don't wait, leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather. Stay on course, follow recommended evacuation routes and do not take shortcuts. They may be blocked and most importantly know your zone. Chatham County has three separate evacuation zones. That's to ensure an efficient exit for all communities in the target area. Zone. *** is anything east of the Truman Parkway B is west of the Truman, but east of I 95 zone C is everything west of I 95. As for South Carolina, the two main evacuation routes are highway 2 78 and highway 21. For those on Hilton Head Island, you'll take 2 78 to I 95 Befort, you'll take highway 21. If you don't have transportation outside of Chatham County, the evacuation assembly area process is available for those in need of assistance. You can catch *** Chatham area transit bus free of charge to the Savannah Civic Center. Space is limited on the evacuation buses. So you can only bring one or two hand carry bags when packing considered taking extra clothes and comfort items. It's important to evacuate from impact areas as soon as possible. While generators can be an absolute game changer. When power gets knocked out, they come with many hidden dangers with portable generators. There's *** lot of room for air. So having *** licensed electrician, look at the house, tell you your load, tell you how much you're going to pull or how much you need to pull, then you can get with that contractor and figure out what breakers need to turn off, what breakers need to be on when it comes to generator safety, make sure that you have it in *** level area where it can't roll or, and the next thing you need to do when you go to set it up and this is very important, make sure it's at least 20 ft away from your house and it's the exhaust that it is blowing away from any windows doors, the air conditioning unit because carbon monoxide poisoning can kill you in five minutes. But when you're in those pressure situations, it's very easy to make *** mistake. And what we see *** lot is when they turn that breaker off and they turn their generator power on, they don't realize they have power until they see the neighbors have power or something and they will turn their main back on without turning that generator breaker off. And when they do that, they're back feeding the line and they could potentially cause serious damage. And one more important thing to keep in mind with generator safety is it can't be out in the rain. So make sure you talk to an electrician and find the proper covering for the elements during hurricane season. It's important not to forget about your furry friend. The American Red Cross says you should assemble an emergency kit for your pets and in case of an evacuation, this kit should include *** harness and also *** leash. In case you do eat, evacuate, you don't want to lose your pet. Also don't forget about nourishment. They're going to need food and water for the next few days as you evacuate and don't forget about bowls and also any medication that they might need, especially as you do leave your home. And if you do have *** cat, don't forget about *** litter box and you can also keep *** picture of your pet on you in case you do lose them, make sure your pet is microchipped and up to date on all vaccines. If you have to evacuate your home during *** disaster, take your pet with you. It may be difficult to find shelter for your animals in the midst of *** disaster. So plan ahead do not wait until *** disaster strikes to do your research, contact hotels outside of your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets. Prepare *** list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency and don't be afraid to ask friends or relatives outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal. When the storm approaches, call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pets check to be sure your pet disaster supplies are ready to take at any moment and make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars with up to date identification. The key to being ready for the next storm means preparing. Now, the low cost gadgets you need in your car and home to save your life. D E MC and your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, severe weather hitting us all this season. So how do you prepare? We just found some inexpensive gadgets that could literally save your life and your family's life in almost any situation. We are tapping into our network of Hearst television stations across the country for this one and you're going to want to pay attention. We are prepping you for floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. First. Let's get your car ready for flash flooding. The first L D road flares, we got three of these for 19 bucks. Not bad, right? And these battery powered, ok. Nice and easy to stick them on the road if it's dark or even on your car. So no one runs into you. They're magnetic right to your car. This one is 17 bucks and it's three tools in one. First of all. See this thing right here. See that thing right there. Come over here. This is my producer's car. This is my car. If you're inside and you're stuck, you should keep this in your glove compartment. Boom. This thing will crack your window so you can get out of your car if the water is rising. The other thing, see right there, see right under there. That's *** knife that's like *** little razor blade knife. It's meant when this is taught around you. If you can't get out, if you can't unbuckle your seat belt, you can cut through, they say through your seat belt. And the third thing is, it's also *** flashlight, ok. It's *** flashlight right there and the light comes out right there and it's also *** magnet so you can stick it right here and change your tire and have light at night. Next up, Brooke Butler from W J C L in Savannah packing up for *** hurricane. This is *** waterproof match kit and they can hold upwards of 15 matches, check this out. It actually floats in the water while keeping all of the match sticks inside dry. It also the strike pad on the inside of this match kit ensuring you'll be able to light *** match whenever necessary. Now, let's talk about tornadoes and this is especially important because this comes up on you fast almost without warning at all. Brandon Evans from K HBs in Northwest Arkansas has been looking into that. Brandon, what do we need for our house? For *** tornado? Ok. The worst has happened. *** tornado is bearing down on you. You're inside your safe room, center of the house with no windows. But let's say your cell phone is dead. You don't have any Wi Fi so you can't watch TV. You can't look on your cell phone. Well, we have this pretty cool portable radio that is powered by batteries. The batteries go dead. Well, it's actually got *** crank on it so that it can power it up that way. You can listen to F M and AM channels, get updates on what is going on with these severe weather alerts and the best part if your power does go out. Well, guess what? You are never left in the dark. We want to thank our team of reporters and we have *** full list of everything you should have in your emergency kits for every type of emergency. There are quite *** few more things to tell you about. So visit Rosson reports dot com for that, the Savannah Port is the fourth busiest in the nation. Any disruption here can impact our economy. So it's important in the aftermath of *** hurricane that the port is open right away. Boat check equipment check *** pre hurricane season training exercise for the US Army Corps of Engineers. We tagged along, we're exercising our processes to launch our large survey vessels in the event that we have *** hurricane passing through, that's significant enough to close the port. It using *** sonar torpedo device. Chief of coastal projects says after *** hurricane, the US Army Corps of Engineers conducts *** hydrographic survey at the bottom of the Savannah River. The survey can detect any obstructions such as large trees, boats or even structural damage. Alex mcconnell, chief of Waterways Management with the Coast guard says if the river became impassable, it disrupts the economic flow of the ports. The Coast guard works with our partner agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure that these navigable waterways are safe for these ships to come inbound and outbound and conduct their business. The start of hurricane season is June 1st, *** full breakdown on what you can expect including this season's hot spots. This is surviving the storm powered by Kuchi E MC and your Touchstone Energy Cooperative. Last year three named storms made landfall along the US coast all within our forecast hot spots. And our prediction for an average 2022 season was spot on now. *** look at our 2023 hurricane forecast. Many people ask, how can we predict an entire hurricane season months in advance? First, we use *** forecast method called the L C think of it as our secret ingredient. I have used this forecasting technique to make accurate long range forecasts for the last 15 years. We also consider other important factors when making our forecast like La Nina or El Nino and sea surface temperatures. I recently caught up with the director of the National Weather Service, Ken Graham here in Savannah since 2017. We've been in this La Nina pattern which means, you know, higher than normal active hurricane season in the Atlantic. The last time we had the El Nino was we have to go back to 2014, 2015. It's been *** while so we're stuck in this pattern. So eventually it has to get, we have pinpointed *** few coastal hot spots. These represent areas with *** higher than average chance of seeing *** landfall in tropical system. This season. The first is focused on the Florida Panhandle and the west coast of Florida. The next hot spot covers areas from the grand strand of South Carolina to the outer banks of North Carolina. The final hot spot covers most of the east coast of Florida of all the hot spots. This one has the highest chance of seeing direct impacts this season outside of the area. It's highlighted tropical activity is still possible but the chances are *** bit lower for the entire Atlantic Basin. WJC 22 is forecasting *** near to slightly above average hurricane season with 14 to 18 named storms. An average season produces 14 name storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Look at October, you look at late this season. People start to let their guard down and I think that's why we have the season. June 1st to November 30th. People have to think during that period of time, you got to be ready no matter the forecast, be prepared before the season starts. Our certified most accurate team of meteorologists will keep you safe this hurricane season. Make sure you have the W JCL 22 app downloaded on your phone or tablet to get all weather alerts and updates including evacuation routes and shelter information. We are always here before during and after the storm. Stick with WJC L 22 all hurricane season surviving the storm powered by Kuchi EMC and your Touchstone Energy Cooperative.
Georgia, South Carolina Hurricane Guide: What you need to know for the 2023 storm season
WJCL has compiled this information to help you and your family ahead of severe weather in our area.
Above video: 'Surviving the Storm' WJCL's 2023 Hurricane SpecialJune 1 marks the start of hurricane season in Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.WJCL has compiled this information to help you and your family ahead of severe weather in our area. Be sure to bookmark this page and keep it handy in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane.What is the forecast for the 2023 hurricane season?Check out WJCL's long term forecast here which details potential timing, hot spots and more. Additionally, the Colorado State University season forecast can be found here.Check out your local forecast here and download the WJCL App here.When do storms happen in our area?While hurricane season runs from June to November, historically, the most storms occur between August and October, peaking in September.Below: Need help evacuating in the event of a hurricane? These are the resources available to youWhat's the difference between a hurricane watch and warning?Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become more difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds.Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds.What should I pack?What to pack in your home disaster supplies kit: First aid kit and essential medicationsCanned foodCan openerAt least seven gallons of water per personProtective clothing/rainwearBedding and/or sleeping bagsBattery-powered radioBatteriesFlashlightSpecial items for infants, elderly, or disabled family membersWritten instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do soWhat to pack when evacuating:Prescription medications and medical suppliesFirst aid kitClothingBedding, including sleeping bags and pillowsBottled waterBattery-operated radioBatteriesFlashlightCar keysMapsDriver’s licenseImportant documents (Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies,wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.) RELATEDEvacuating the Savannah area for a hurricane? Here's everything to pack for you and your familyBefore a hurricane threatens the Savannah area, here's how you can prepare for your pets Below: What are the hurricane evacuation routes for Chatham County, Beaufort County?What should I do to my home?Outside Your HomeCover or brace all windows and door openings.Remove a door or one screen panel on each side of your pool enclosure to allow wind to flow through, and cutting down wind resistance. This could save your pool enclosure. Disconnect propane gas at the tank.Bring your barbecue grill and propane tank inside– this may be your only means of cooking during a power outage. Safety/ValuablesPrepare your safe room.Stock it with a battery-powered TV and/or radio with spare batteries, sleeping bags, pillows, chairs, snacks and drinking water, and games for children.Have a mattress nearby to get under in case your home suffers structural damage.Place valuables and personal papers in waterproof containers or zip lock bags.Refrigeration/WaterTurn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting.Freeze water in plastic jugs to help keep your freezer cold when power goes out.Stock up on jugs of bottled water – at least seven gallons per person – one gallon per person per day.Fill bathtub with water for non-drinking use.If you Evacuate to a ShelterOnly do so as a last resort.Try to eat a meal before entering the shelter.Take pillows, blankets and other supplies.Check to make sure the shelter is open – all shelters do not open at the same time.Below file video: Hurricane Shelter opens in Jasper CountyRELATED: Recent years have seen major storms bring historic storm surge to the Savannah areaHow strong can storms get?Tropical StormWINDS 39–73 mphTropical storms are weaker than hurricanes, but can cause flooding from intense rainfall, and some property damageCategory 1 HurricaneWINDS 74–95 mph | STORM SURGE 4–5 ftPossible injuries from flying/falling debrisPossible damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding, and guttersLarge tree branches will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppledPower outages could last several daysCategory 2 HurricaneWINDS 96–110 mph | STORM SURGE 6–8 ftFlying/falling debris can be a threatRoofing, siding, and glass windows vulnerableCan cause structural damage to apartment buildings and mobile homesPower outages can last a few weeksStock up on potable water, as filtration systems can failCategory 3 HurricaneWINDS 111–130 mphMobile/poorly constructed frame homes can be destroyedSignificant damage to apartments possibleExtensive inland floodingElectricity/water might be unavailable for several days/weeks after the stormCategory 4 HurricaneWINDS 131–155 mph | STORM SURGE 13–18 ftCan cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animalsSevere structural damage to mobile/frame homes and apartmentsLong-term power/water outages can last for weeks to monthsCategory 5 HurricaneWINDS 155+ mph | STORM SURGE 18+ ftYou should be nowhere near this stormCan cause complete destruction of mobile/frame homes and apartmentsNearly all trees in area might be uprootedPower/water outages can last for monthsArea could be uninhabitable for monthsHow are our communities preparing for the next big storm?Here's how the Port of Savannah is preparing to withstand the upcoming hurricane seasonHere's how the busy Port of Savannah can quickly reopen following a hurricaneHere's how Tybee's sand dunes protect the island during severe weather, storm surgeBelow file video: Inside look at Georgia Power's hurricane preparednessHow can I share photos or videos during severe weather?If you can take them safely, post them to our Facebook group here.Below video: Hurricane Hunters: What it's like chasing severe storms in the sky
Above video: 'Surviving the Storm' WJCL's 2023 Hurricane Special
June 1 marks the start of hurricane season in Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
WJCL has compiled this information to help you and your family ahead of severe weather in our area. Be sure to bookmark this page and keep it handy in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane.
What is the forecast for the 2023 hurricane season?
Check out WJCL's long term forecast here which details potential timing, hot spots and more. Additionally, the Colorado State University season forecast can be found here.
Check out your local forecast here and download the WJCL App here.
Scientists using robots off Georgia's coast to improve hurricane forecasts. Here's how it works
When do storms happen in our area?
While hurricane season runs from June to November, historically, the most storms occur between August and October, peaking in September.
Below: Need help evacuating in the event of a hurricane? These are the resources available to you
What's the difference between a hurricane watch and warning?
Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become more difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds.
What should I pack?
What to pack in your home disaster supplies kit:
- First aid kit and essential medications
- Canned food
- Can opener
- At least seven gallons of water per person
- Protective clothing/rainwear
- Bedding and/or sleeping bags
- Battery-powered radio
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
- Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so
What to pack when evacuating:
- Prescription medications and medical supplies
- First aid kit
- Bedding, including sleeping bags and pillows
- Bottled water
- Battery-operated radio
- Car keys
- Driver’s license
- Important documents (Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies,
- wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.)
- Evacuating the Savannah area for a hurricane? Here's everything to pack for you and your family
- Before a hurricane threatens the Savannah area, here's how you can prepare for your pets
Below: What are the hurricane evacuation routes for Chatham County, Beaufort County?
What should I do to my home?
Outside Your Home
- Cover or brace all windows and door openings.
- Remove a door or one screen panel on each side of your pool enclosure to allow wind to flow through, and cutting down wind resistance. This could save your pool enclosure. Disconnect propane gas at the tank.
- Bring your barbecue grill and propane tank inside– this may be your only means of cooking during a power outage.
- Prepare your safe room.
- Stock it with a battery-powered TV and/or radio with spare batteries, sleeping bags, pillows, chairs, snacks and drinking water, and games for children.
- Have a mattress nearby to get under in case your home suffers structural damage.
- Place valuables and personal papers in waterproof containers or zip lock bags.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting.
- Freeze water in plastic jugs to help keep your freezer cold when power goes out.
- Stock up on jugs of bottled water – at least seven gallons per person – one gallon per person per day.
- Fill bathtub with water for non-drinking use.
If you Evacuate to a Shelter
- Only do so as a last resort.
- Try to eat a meal before entering the shelter.
- Take pillows, blankets and other supplies.
- Check to make sure the shelter is open – all shelters do not open at the same time.
Below file video: Hurricane Shelter opens in Jasper County
RELATED: Recent years have seen major storms bring historic storm surge to the Savannah area
How strong can storms get?
WINDS 39–73 mph
Tropical storms are weaker than hurricanes, but can cause flooding from intense rainfall, and some property damage
Category 1 Hurricane
WINDS 74–95 mph | STORM SURGE 4–5 ft
- Possible injuries from flying/falling debris
- Possible damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters
- Large tree branches will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled
- Power outages could last several days
Category 2 Hurricane
WINDS 96–110 mph | STORM SURGE 6–8 ft
- Flying/falling debris can be a threat
- Roofing, siding, and glass windows vulnerable
- Can cause structural damage to apartment buildings and mobile homes
- Power outages can last a few weeks
- Stock up on potable water, as filtration systems can fail
Category 3 Hurricane
WINDS 111–130 mph
- Mobile/poorly constructed frame homes can be destroyed
- Significant damage to apartments possible
- Extensive inland flooding
- Electricity/water might be unavailable for several days/weeks after the storm
Category 4 Hurricane
WINDS 131–155 mph | STORM SURGE 13–18 ft
- Can cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals
- Severe structural damage to mobile/frame homes and apartments
- Long-term power/water outages can last for weeks to months
Category 5 Hurricane
WINDS 155+ mph | STORM SURGE 18+ ft
- You should be nowhere near this storm
- Can cause complete destruction of mobile/frame homes and apartments
- Nearly all trees in area might be uprooted
- Power/water outages can last for months
- Area could be uninhabitable for months
How are our communities preparing for the next big storm?
Below file video: Inside look at Georgia Power's hurricane preparedness
How can I share photos or videos during severe weather?
If you can take them safely, post them to our Facebook group here.
Below video: Hurricane Hunters: What it's like chasing severe storms in the sky
- Bottled Water & Non-Perishable Food Items. The most important things to have on your hurricane preparedness list are enough bottled water and non-perishable food items to last you and your family at least three days. ...
- Tools & Other Hurricane Supplies. ...
- First-Aid Kit & Sanitation Items.
Keep local radio, NOAA radio or TV stations on for new information. Download the Red Cross emergency app (for iPhone, Android) Keep a hurricane lamp. Make sure all pets have identification tags. Store all lawn furniture, trash cans, toys and gardening tools inside to.Why do you fill your tub with water during a hurricane? ›
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
Fill the bathtub with water to be used for toilet flushing during a loss of power. If your well is flooded or damaged by the hurricane, assume that it is contaminated and do not use it until it has been flushed, disinfected and tested for bacteria.
✓ Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors. ✓ If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane-force winds coming from the opposite direction.What do hurricane victims need most? ›
- Emergency food.
- Supplies for shelters.
- Medical care.
- Cleaning Supplies.
- Hygiene Facilities.
- Infant Care Items.
Include the following items in each Go Bag:
Food – 3-day supply. Warmth/Shelter – Emergency blanket, 3 12-hour body warmers, poncho. Medical Supplies – First Aid/medical kit, pain reliever, 3 pairs of medical gloves, and a 3-7 day supply of any required life-saving medications as well as copies of prescriptions.
- Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies.
- Know Your Zone. ...
- Find out whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area. ...
- Create and review your family emergency plan. ...
- Assemble an emergency kit.
August 30-September 1, 1898 – second storm hit "near South Carolina border", putting it at mouth of Savannah River just downstream from Savannah.Should you drink tap water during a hurricane? ›
During and after a hurricane, take caution with your drinking water. Depending on how the storm impacts infrastructure in your area, the water could become contaminated and could cause diseases like hepatitis, cholera and dysentery.Should I buy water before a hurricane? ›
“To prepare the safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, it is recommended that you purchase commercially bottled water,” FEMA said. “Keep bottled water in its original container, and do not open it until you need to use it.”
Concrete is probably the best material for a hurricane proof house or any high risk construction. Concrete is strong, durable, readily available, fire resistant, and will last a very long time. I would put concrete homes at the top of my list for the best construction types for hurricane proof houses.What is the best thing to do before a hurricane? ›
Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters. Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency.What should a hurricane proof house have? ›
Reinforced, impact-resistant doors, laminated windows, storm-resistant windows or hurricane shutters, pull-down PVC shutter systems and high-impact synthetic window shades all contribute to a home's impact resistance.Why can't you flush a toilet during a hurricane? ›
Hidalgo says massive rainfall places pressure on city storm and sewer systems. If those systems become filled and rainwater floods into the streets, flushing should be avoided, the plumber advises.Why buy bottled water during a hurricane? ›
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that people “buy commercially bottled water and store it in the sealed original container in a cool, dark place” to ensure they are not left without. Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, can disrupt municipal water sources and lead to contaminated tap water.Should you hide in a bathtub during a hurricane? ›
According to the NWS, bathrooms may be a good shelter, provided they are not along an outside wall and have no windows. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing magically safe about getting in a bathtub with a mattress. Bathrooms have proven to be adequate tornado shelters in many cases for a couple of reasons.What is the safest room in the house during a hurricane? ›
If you can, stay on the first floor of your home. This is the safest place to be during a hurricane. The lower level of your house is grounded in its foundation to withstand high winds and will not be as vulnerable to large falling debris, but it also has a far lower risk of flooding compared to a basement.What are 3 things that will weaken a hurricane? ›
- Wind shear.
- Land interaction.
- Dry air.
Stay inside and keep away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Go to a safe area, such as an interior room, closet or downstairs bathroom. Never go outside the protection of your home or shelter before there is confirmation that the storm has passed the area.What is the most purchased items before a hurricane? ›
When you think of items to stock up on before a hurricane, non-perishables such as bottled water, bread, and canned foods might come out at the top of your list.
Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. Storm Surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline.What three things cause the most damage during a hurricane? ›
The majority of the damage from hurricanes comes from the sustained winds of the hurricane. 1 The major damage caused by hurricanes comes from a combination of wind, storm surges, and inland flooding. 2 Possible answer: Power outages are a loss of electricity due to storm damage or other means.What items should you not put in your go bag? ›
You should avoid canned goods (which are too heavy) and instead opt for food in pouches or bags. It should be lightweight, non-perishable goods, and designed specifically for camping or survival that can last for at least 3-7 days are the best options to have.How much money should you have in a go bag? ›
Two-thousand dollars should cover those costs. “The rule of thumb I advise my clients is to keep $1,000 to $2,000 in cash in case banking operations are shut down due to a national emergency or catastrophe,” said Gregory Brinkman, president of Brinkman Financial in Tulsa, Oklahoma.How much money should I put in my go bag? ›
There's no set amount to target, but having enough in your pocket to cover a few days of food, gas or lodging for you and your family could be a lifesaver. Include a few checks and an extra credit and ATM card just in case.Should you sleep during a hurricane? ›
But during a hurricane, it can be hard to do much other than worry. It's all the more reason to try get some sleep. It will help you be more alert during the day so you can think clearly and function effectively during an emergency. Proper sleep also boosts your physical strength, energy and immune system.What are 10 things you need to survive a hurricane? ›
- 10: Water. FEMA recommends storing at least 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of water per person, per day for drinking and sanitation purposes. ...
- 9: Food. ...
- 8: Battery-powered or Hand-cranked Radio. ...
- 7: First Aid Kit. ...
- 6: Lighting. ...
- 5: Sleeping Bags/Blankets. ...
- 4: Sanitary Items. ...
- 3: Utensils.
- Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
- Go to the highest level of the building if you are trapped by flooding. ...
- Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
Many areas of Savannah are susceptible to riverine, flash and coastal flood hazards.Does Savannah flood during hurricanes? ›
As a flat, low-lying coastal region, the natural landscape of our community puts various locations within Savannah and throughout Chatham County at risk for flooding due to rainfall and hurricane storm surge events.
There are 8,958 properties in Savannah that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected by flooding over the next 30 years. This represents 27% of all properties in Savannah.Is it safe to swim in the ocean during a hurricane? ›
Even if the water looks clean after a hurricane, it frequently contains bacteria, pathogens, chemicals, and nutrients capable of making people very sick. It's a good idea to wait at least two days to swim after heavy rainfall, and you should wait even longer after an extreme weather event like a hurricane.Why do you boil water after a hurricane? ›
Even without direct evidence of contamination from bacteriological testing, customers should be advised to boil their tap water if any of these situations occurs in the aftermath of a flood or storm. Boiling tap water will reduce the possibility of getting sick from waterborne microbial pathogens.Can you swim in the ocean during a hurricane? ›
Not only because they get smashed around by the waves but because there's less dissolved oxygen in the water and rapid salinity changes as the ocean's deep and shallow waters mix, McNoldy wrote.
Despite what you may have heard, experts say it's not necessary to drain your pool, even partially, ahead of a severe storm. In fact, it's not advisable at all, as draining the pool can lead to cracks, structural damage or worse.Should I take pictures of my house before a hurricane? ›
Having photos of what the property looked like before a storm hits can help prove that the damage wasn't there beforehand. It's also a good idea to photograph every room, in case of flooding or other damage.How many days of water do you need for a hurricane? ›
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a minimum of one gallon of water per day for each member of the family. Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person. However, a 2-week supply is better if you have the space.Can a hurricane take down a concrete building? ›
If you've been watching the news about Florida's devastating category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Michael, you will know the answer to this question—yes, concrete homes can absolutely withstand hurricanes!What is the best house foundation for a hurricane? ›
Concrete is one of the most durable building materials around. There is a reason many buildings, driveways, and sidewalks are built with concrete. Hurricanes bring heavy winds and lots of rain – which concrete can easily withstand thanks to its hefty structure.
Concrete is not just strong and durable, it is also readily available. After water, concrete is the second most used material in the world. Often produced locally, concrete can be a great and economical choice for building a hurricane-resistant structure.
- Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Pecans. ...
- Easy Ten Minute Roasted Shrimp. ...
- Ten Minute Gazpacho (Cold Spanish Soup) ...
- Butter Pecan Cookies – Just because… ...
- Hurricane Cocktail. ...
- Wild Rice Chicken Salad with Cranberries. ...
- Southern Potato Salad. ...
- Easy Classic Southern Tomato Pie.
5. Don't stay in your hotel room. If your hotel is in a safe area, and the staff seems to have assessed that, it can be wise to stay in your hotel, but not in the hotel room. Most hotel rooms have big glass sliding doors that are often broken by the wind.How do you relax during a hurricane? ›
- Limit media exposure. Obviously everyone needs to stay informed about the progress of the storm, evacuation orders, etc. ...
- Exercise. ...
- Find time for activities you enjoy. ...
- Avoid drugs and excessive drinking. ...
- Ask for help when you need it.
- ROOF WITH INTENTION. To protect your property from water damage and flying shingles it is imperative to make sure that your roofing is attached well. ...
- SHUTTER YOUR WINDOWS. ...
- BRACE YOUR GARAGE. ...
- ELEVATION. ...
- DRY FLOODPROOF. ...
- WET FLOODPROOF. ...
- INSTALL PROPER BOLTS. ...
- TIE DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION.
- 1) Nail Down Loose Shingles. Not all shingles are completely uniform. ...
- 2) Roofing Cement on Shingles. ...
- 3) Construction Adhesive on Rafters and Trusses. ...
- 4) Reinforce Your Flashing. ...
- 5) Hurricane Clips or Tie-Downs.
Elevate major appliances onto concrete blocks. Clean gutters, downspouts, and splash pads, along with any nearby drainage ditches or storm drains; clear snow and ice away from foundations. Deploy temporary flood barriers, such as portable flood gates or shields, sandbags, inflatable floodwalls, and flood skirts.What are 3 hurricane safety tips? ›
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- Listen to local television or radio for updates.
- Conditions may change quickly; be prepared to evacuate to a shelter or neighbor's home if necessary.
Stay inside and keep away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Go to a safe area, such as an interior room, closet or downstairs bathroom. Never go outside the protection of your home or shelter before there is confirmation that the storm has passed the area.How do you prepare for a hurricane weather? ›
Be ready to live without power, water, gas, phone, and internet for a long time. Practice going to a designated safe shelter for high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not likely to flood.What should people do before during and after a hurricane? ›
Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications. Prepare to bring inside lawn furniture and other loose, light- weight objects, such as garbage cans, garden tools, etc.
If you can, stay on the first floor of your home. This is the safest place to be during a hurricane. The lower level of your house is grounded in its foundation to withstand high winds and will not be as vulnerable to large falling debris, but it also has a far lower risk of flooding compared to a basement.Should you be on the first floor during a hurricane? ›
> If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the 1st or 2nd floor and stay in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows.Should you unplug appliances before a hurricane? ›
Guard against power surges.
Plug major appliances and sensitive electronics like smart devices into surge protectors or separate grounded circuits. Alternatively, turn off breakers or unplug these items from wall outlets altogether to isolate them from surges.
- Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed.
- Stay inside until the storm has completely passed. ...
- If you evacuated, do not return until local officials say you can. ...
- Conduct an initial damage assessment of your immediate area. ...
- Stay somewhere safe, refrain from sight-seeing. ...
- Attempt to contact your family or friends outside the area.
SHOWER AND BATHING
Showering or bathing in tap water that is under a boil water notice is safe, however avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Safety Gear for Hurricane Cleanup. ...
- Open all windows and doors. ...
- Protect yourself. ...
- Remove unsalvageable items. ...
- Action for flooded houses. ...
- Disinfect and sanitize.