Alex, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Experts think there are good chances the storm could turn into a hurricane as it moves over the Gulf’s warm waters. The Associated Press states, “…the storm’s direction is not on track to hit the BP oil spill on the northeastern end of the Gulf. Maximum sustained winds Sunday night were 45 mph.”
So far, Tropical Storm Alex has proven deadly in the Central American states it has already visited. Meteorologists predict the storm will not make landfall in the United States, but will land in Mexico instead. However, it is important to remember that a tropical storm’s track can suddenly change and/or strengthen.
When a hurricane or tropical storm threatens your area, there are some basic hurricane preparedness tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure you are covered. Most home insurance policies do not cover damage caused by water, whether it is from a burst pipe or flood waters. Get flood insurance before it is too late.
- Know the hazards in your community and where to seek shelter. Be aware of areas that are likely to flood when there is heavy rainfall. In addition, create a map with highlighted route in the event you need to seek shelter. Remember to keep in mind possible road closures.
- Know the safest area of your home.
- Have your emergency disaster kit ready to go. This kit should have a list of important phone numbers, insurance policy information, a first aid kit, food and water rations, prescription medicines, flashlights, a radio and extra batteries.
- Secure your property. Fill your vehicles with gasoline and park them in a garage. Move valuables away from the windows. Place boards or lower hurricane shutters over windows. Fill all tubs and sinks with water.
- Plan to recover. Before the storm comes, know how you will recover from it. If there is extensive damage from the storm, call a professional restoration specialist.