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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Hurricane Preparedness Kits

Here is a checklist of items you should have stored in the event of a hurricane:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries

  • First aid kit with mosquito repellent

  • Non-perishable food items (canned food and juices) and water (1 gallon of bottled water per person daily)

  • Manual can opener

  • Essential medicines (min. a week’s supply)

  • Cash and credit cards

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Special items for elderly or disabled members

  • Baby products (food, pampers and formula if needed)

  • Disposable utensils

  • Insurance papers, medical records and passport and ID stored in waterproof packaging

  • Water purification kit or bleach (4 drops per qt)

  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items (feminine supplies etc.)

  • Pet care items, food, water, carrier medications, muzzle and leash etc

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Tools (pliers, wrench, etc for turning off utilities)

For more information:
Click on the Survival Kit button located on the right side of the page.



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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.