HURRICANE - A hurricane is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum average wind speed near a centre or eye exceeds 74 mph or 119 Km/h.
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District Emergency Organisation

The role of any District Emergency Organization (DEO) is to assist communities in disaster preparedness and offer support during times of crisis. They provide several fora for education and training, while aiding with initial emergency response, damage assessment, needs analyses and relief distribution.  They manage the allocation of resources, so that disaster support can be timely and effective. DEOs plan, develop and implement disaster prevention and preparedness programs, which help you to feel more ready, should a disaster strike. These programs also help to reduce the impact of likely hazards, such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.

DEOs offer programs to all segments of the community including service clubs, churches, neighborhood watches, PTAs, schools, families, community groups, and non-governmental organizations. They also liaise with the Fire Service and the Police during disasters.  Since DEOs tend to be community oriented, they offer volunteer programs to interested persons. When involved, you will be able to receive training in several areas, while learning about disaster management.

DEOs also have disaster plans in place, which pay special attention to the needs of persons with disabilities.


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Hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1st to November 30th.
Tropical storms are given male and female names because this makes them easier to track. Before 1979 though, they only had female names.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph or higher.
Hurricanes are grouped into 5 categories according to their strength. Category 5 hurricanes are the strongest.
The “eye” is the centre of the hurricane and is the calmest part.
Slow moving hurricanes produce more rain and can cause more damage from flooding.
Putting tape on windows and glass will not stop them from breaking during a hurricane.
The word hurricane comes from the word Hurakan. Hurakan is the name of the Mayan god of wind and fire.