Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day. Hurricanes begin as tropical disturbances in warm ocean waters with surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These low pressure systems are fed by energy from the warm seas.
Being prepared and having what you need is essential to limiting a hurricane's impact on you and your family.
Talk to your family, friends, and colleagues about what you will do if a tropical system impacts the City of Norfolk and where you will be.
Secure your home from damaging winds, including having pre-cut plywood for your windows and an easy way of securing them.
Communicate with family during and after the impact of a storm.
Keep in mind that telephone lines and cell phone systems may have limited access or may be overwhelmed and jammed up with callers, so have an out-of-town contact person for each member of your family to check in with.
Know the emergency plans for your workplace and your children's school; these plans may help you develop your own plan.
Secure your pets and animals; make sure you have extra supplies and a plan for them regarding evacuation and sheltering.