Hurricane season 2022 | Preparing for a hurricane

It’s hurricane season. It's been pretty quiet thus far but that looks like it is changing.

With the influx of new residents to Florida – estimated at 1,000 people a day! – there are many who haven’t experienced hurricane season before. Here’s what you need to know for your first hurricane season.

What is a hurricane? a tropical storm with winds that have reached a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more. The eye of a storm is usually 20-30 miles wide and may extend over 400 miles. The dangers of a storm include torrential rains, high winds and storm surges.

What is the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning? A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible in a stated area. Experts announce hurricane watches 48 hours before they expect tropical-storm-force winds (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) to start. A hurricane warning is more serious. It means hurricane-force winds are expected in a stated area. Experts issue these warnings 36 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are expected in the area to give people enough time to prepare for the storm.

When is hurricane season? June 1 through Nov. 30. The most active months are generally August and September

What are the 2022 hurricane names? NOAA says they are expecting 14-21 named storms, 6-10 of them becoming hurricanes and 3-6 of those becoming major hurricanes.

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Martin
  • Nicole
  • Owen
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

Get yourself (and family) ready

Here are 10 things you should include in your emergency preparation kit for hurricanes:

  • A 2-week medicine supply
  • Flashlights, battery operated radio & extra batteries
  • Backup cell phone batteries (portable charger)
  • First aid kit with bandages, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic wipes, soap, cotton balls, pain reliever, thermometer and latex gloves.
  • Copies of important documents including insurance cards, banking and credit card information, copies of birth/marriage certificates, veterinary records for pets and copy of will. It is also helpful to have an extra set of keys to your house and car.
  • Non-perishable food for 7 days including 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Cash
  • Books, games, puzzles, etc. to keep you entertained for hours without power

Get your home ready

  • Clear yard and move all objects – patio furniture, bikes, grills that could become a flying object – inside
  • Cover windows and doors
  • Get sandbags if you live in a area prone to flooding
  • Have a safe room in your home. This should be an interior room without a window (this could be a bathroom or walk-in closet). Have an evacuation plan in place and know your nearest shelter if needed.

Don’t forget about your pets

  • Food and water for 7 days
  • Proper identification
  • Medical records/microchip information
  • Carrier/cage
  • Leash
  • Food bowl
  • Medication

Bonus information

A few good things to note from a life-long Florida who has seen her share of hurricanes:

  • Make sure your propane tank for your grill is full or you have a back-up (helpful for cooking without power)
  • Fill bathtubs with water before you lose power. This can be used to flush toilets
  • Keep gas tanks half full during hurricane season so you don’t have to wait in long lines if you have to evacuate
  • If you have a generator, make sure you know how to safely use it (outdoors with proper ventilation), test it now to make sure it still woks and have extra gas on hand

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