Hurricanes: Prepare yourself! [fr]
Whether you have recently moved to the region, or have lived here a long time, it is important to think about the safety of yourself, your family, and your property during hurricane season. The best way to be prepared is to plan and stay informed.
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The summer months bring changes in weather across the country, but in the Southeast, they also bring the seasonal risks associated with hurricane season. The coastal regions of the southeast United States are frequently hit by hurricanes during hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones of violent force and rage that can cause enormous tidal waves, heavy rains which often lead to flooding, and high winds. Hurricanes are difficult to anticipate, and don’t always follow a path.
The consulate recommends that all residents of southeastern states educate and prepare themselves for hurricane season. Though hurricanes can be dangerous, being prepared before and during a hurricane can greatly minimize risk and damage. Government and emergency services are often extraordinarily busy during an emergency, so it is of the utmost importance to take precautions to protect yourself, your home, and your loved ones.
Ways to prepare:
1. Make a plan. Identify risks in your area, and develop an emergency plan for your family. This includes creating a kit of emergency supplies (see HERE for a full list), deciding on an escape route and safe place to go in case of evacuation, and compiling a list of contact information for family members, emergency contacts, and, for French citizens, the Consular emergency hotline (404-217-9446).
2. Make sure you have insurance. Make sure to have homeowners or rental insurance, car insurance, and insurance for any other assets. Develop a home inventory that can be referred to in case of damage to your belongings.
3. Stay educated and informed. Follow your local news and government authorities for up-to-date weather information and warnings, and learn about hurricanes and the risks they pose to your area.