HURRICANES
We are all familiar with their names Rita, Katrina, Hugo, Sandy, the list goes on and on. If you live in an area where there is a threat you need to prepare for them & the potential for an evacuation. 

First off, know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Make sure you mark routes on a paper map.
If you haven't built a bug out bag, build one. See the article on them to get ideas where to get started.
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies, at least three weeks, in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
Make a family emergency communication plan. See the article on them to get started. 

MAKING SURE YOUR HOME IS READY:
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Make sure to have plywood on hand to secure windows and doors if you leave. Remember natural disasters are breeding grounds for looters.
I would invest in a self defense weapon, especially if you don't intend to evacuate, and become familiar with using it.

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE IS IMMINENT:
If ordered to evacuate DO IT if possible. Make sure to secure your home and don't forget your bug out bag.
Make sure to turn your radio on for important announcements
Maks sure to inform someone where you are going
If you don't evacuate
Make sure to turn refrigerators & freezers to coldest settings & don't open them unless necessary. 
Make sure to pick up loose items in the yard that could become projectiles.
Make sure to make contact with someone so,they know where you are.
Be aware of your surroundings. Flooding is a real threat during hurricanes. 
After the storm has subsided be aware of downed power lines, flooding, ruptured gas lines, etc.

BE WEARY OF LOOTERS.  LOOTERS WILL COME, DON'T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. ASK TO SEE ID FOR ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE WITH A GOVERMENT AGENCY OR DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM. I SAW FIRST HAND LOOTERS CLAIMING TO BE RED CROSS WORKERS WHEN I DEPLOYED TO HURRICANE KATRINA. 



Hurricanes are massive tropical storms that are accompanied by high winds & massive rainfall.