Just as Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina begin the long task of recovery in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the country now braces for Hurricanes Jose and Maria, which are bringing extreme rain, wind and flooding back to the Caribbean and along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts over the next few days.
During this hurricane season that runs through November 30, many coastal areas from the Atlantic to the Gulf and over to the Pacific can expect to see tropical storms, hurricanes or typhoons (the names of these events differ based on the area where you live). According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), even if you don’t live directly on the coast, these storms can cause flooding hundreds of miles inland and can persist for several days after it has dissipated. Storm surges, which are defined by NOAA as abnormal rises of water generated by a storm’s winds, are the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the U.S. and not only cause massive destruction along the coast, but can travel several miles inland, affecting bays, rivers and estuaries. So it's important to be prepared to evacuate when authorities tell you to do so.
If you live in an area prone to these types of severe storms or know someone who does, NFPA provides action steps for residents to take before, during and after an event. The resources are free to download and can be shared easily. For first responders, electrical professionals and others who work with communities on preparedness activities and post-event recovery, NFPA also provides a number of resources to aid you in your efforts.
Find these resources and much more visit www.nfpa.org/disaster.
NFPA’s thoughts are with the residents of communities affected by these recent hurricanes. Please stay safe!
Photo: courtesy of the National Hurricane Center/NOAA