Tropical storms are low-pressure systems with maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 mph, while hurricanes have maximum sustained surface winds of 74 mph or greater. Both are massive storm systems that form over water and move toward land which can cause high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. To learn more about how these storms are formed visit https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/every-full-moon/full-moon-hurricane.html.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. For information about the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, visit aacounty.org/departments/office-of-emergency-management/summer-spotlight-2021/
Anne Arundel County has experienced multiple significant hurricanes and tropical storms including Sandy, Isabel, and Irene. By knowing what actions to take before storms approach, when the storm will be in your area, and what to do after a hurricane or tropical storm passes through, you can greatly improve your chance of survival. So be prepared by following the 4 Steps of Emergency Preparedness:
Stay Informed - You should Know Your Zone before a storm strikes because it can help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, reduce highway congestion, and ease overcrowding at storm shelters. You should also ensure you have the proper insurance coverage for your home. Visit the Maryland Insurance Agency website for more information. We also strongly encourage you to sign up for our CivicReady Emergency Alerts to receive event updates, warnings, and instructions right to your phone or email.
Make a Plan - If you don’t have one already, now is the time to create an emergency plan for you and your family! Your plan should take into consideration any special needs your family may have including those for young children, older adults, those with access or functional needs, and pets. For more information on what you should include in your plan, visit ready.gov/plan.
Make a Kit - One of the most critical steps you can take to sustain yourself and your family during a disaster is to create an emergency go kit before the disaster strikes. An emergency go kit contains items you might need during an emergency to sustain yourself and your family. Check out this video for tips and items to include in your emergency go kit.
Get Involved - Get involved in emergency preparedness by helping your community and volunteering! Request a presentation or outreach booth to come speak about emergency preparedness at your next event. Check us out on social media and help us spread the word by sharing our posts!
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