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Do you know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

It’s important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. Make sure you’re prepared this hurricane season with these hurricane watch and warning tips from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

What is a Hurricane Watch?
A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. 

What to do during a Hurricane Watch

  • Fill up your car with gas.
  • Secure buildings.
  • Review evacuation plan.
  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • Check your family's emergency supplies.
  • Bring in outdoor objects (i.e. toys, garden tools).
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
  • Secure outdoor objects which cannot be brought inside (i.e. boats, lawnmower).
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.

What is a Hurricane Warning?
A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 hours or less.

What to do during a Hurricane Warning?

  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs and prepare to evacuate.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.

*source- http://www.chathamemergency.org/preparedness/hurricanes.php

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