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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After a Hurricane


  • Make sure that you listen for official information to ensure that the all-clear announcement has been given. Do not leave your home until you hear the all-clear announcement.
  • Do not go outside bare-footed or in slippers
  • Keep phone lines free for important calls
  • Get medical attention for persons injured
  • Help your family, neighbours and community
  • Assist in search and rescue, and community response efforts
  • Clear roads and clean up debris from surrounding areas
  • Begin temporary repairs
  • Report damage to utilities
  • Avoid Sightseeing
  • Watch out for secondary hazards, fire, flooding, etc
  • Do a damage assessment and co-operate with Assessors
  • Visitors should inform the relevant authorities of their location as soon as possible

Recovering from any disaster is usually a step by step process. For many, the greatest concerns are regaining safety, comfort and physical wellbeing. However, after experiencing a devastating event, recovering from mental or emotional trauma is also very important. Don’t be afraid to get advice if you remain stressed long after situations have returned to normal. Feel free to contact professional counsellors, faith based organizations or community programmes for support.

Signs of Disaster Related Stress

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives
  • Low threshold of frustration
  • Depression, sadness. feelings of hopelessness, mood-swings
  • Increased use of drugs/alcohol
  • Short attention span and/or difficulty concentrating
  • Poor work performance
  • Headaches/stomach problems
  • Tunnel vision/muffled hearing
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Increased guilt and self-doubt
  • Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone
  • Reluctance to leave home.

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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.