Hurricane Season: Are You Aware and Prepared?

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1  Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous _____; underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

3  A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less is called a tropical _____.

5  Become familiar with your evacuation _____, the evacuation route, and shelter locations

9  A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher is classified as a _____.

10  Hurricane storms are most active in the month of ____.

12  The Atlantic hurricane season spans from _____ 1 to November 30.

13  Generators should only be used _____ and away from windows.

16  An emergency preparedness _____ includes three days of food and water, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

18  Emergency Alert System (abbr).

19  Gather needed supplies for at least _____ days; keeping in mind each person’s specific needs, including medications and pet’s needs.

20  Storm _____ is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds and this hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.

21  Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one _____ of moving water can sweep your vehicle away

22  The roughly circular area of comparatively light winds that encompasses the center of a severe tropical cyclone.

23  Turn Around, Don’t _____! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

27  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (abbr).

32  At the onset of approaching hurricanes persons are encouraged to always be ready to _____, and if told, do so immediately.

34  Six hours prior to landfall and during landfall, stay away from _____, flying glass could injure you.

36  Charge your _____ phone and other communication devices about six hours prior to the storm.

37  The Saffir-_____ Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.

38  A tropical _____ has maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 m.p.h. (34 to 63 knots).


2  Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones and typically occur in rain _____ well away from the center of the storm.

4  Hurricane _____ is the portion of the year having a relatively high incidence of hurricanes.

6  One of the largest concerns associated with hurricanes is a power _____.

7  An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 m.p.h. or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected is a hurricane _____.

8  One way to protect yourself from high winds is to take refuge in a designated storm _____, or an interior room.

11  A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 m.p.h. (96 knots) or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is considered a _____ hurricane.

14  During the six hour approach time turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every _____ minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

15  Flooding from heavy rains is the _____ leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones.

17  National Hurricane Center (abbr).

24  The primary hazards from hurricanes are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive _____, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

25  Make and keep _____ of important documents in a secure place.

26  Emergency Response Team (abbr).

28  When a hurricane is six hours away turn your refrigerator or _____ to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.

29  Do not touch electrical equipment if it is _____ or if you are standing in water.

30  An increase in the maximum sustained winds of at least 30 kt in a 24-hour period is considered a _____ intensification.

31  Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank _____; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

33  Emergency Broadcast System (abbr).

35  These can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

Caroline M. Schloss is a current member of the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Dept., Currituck County Fire/EMS, Virginia Beach CERT VA., Currituck County CERT, National Association of Search and Rescue, Project Lifesaver VA.

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