Vacations vs. Hurricanes
As the summer months approach, Americans across the country are beginning to plan for their annual vacations. Communities, particularly coastal towns and cities, are preparing for the influx of tourists flocking to beaches. Memorial Day Weekend generally marks the beginning of summer vacation season with millions of individuals travelling - especially by car. In addition to vacations, summer also brings the threat of hurricanes – which may trigger evacuations, flooding and other severe damage.

If travelling to a hurricane prone state – especially coastal states – this Memorial Day Weekend, or any time during the summer into the early fall, be sure to familiarize yourself with the emergency plans of the community in which you’re vacationing. All hotels and motels should have emergency plans in place for sheltering and/or evacuation – ask to see them upon check-in. Remember, hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents.

If you’re driving, be sure to have emergency supplies in your car, such as, a flashlight, water and a first aid kit. Be mindful that coastal areas are prone to severe flooding – so know the evacuation routes in your vacation spot and always remember if you come upon a flooded roadway in your vehicle, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Finally, take a moment and review a recent hurricane preparedness webinar featuring presentations from a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leader in Connecticut and an emergency manager in Florida! You can also Pledge to Prepareby joining the National Preparedness Coalition where you can interact with colleagues across the country, share your experiences, and learn what they’re doing to keep their communities safe. With these tips in mind you’ll be sure to have a safe and fun summer vacation!

Hurricane Visual
"A "major" hurricane is classified as Category 3 or greater. This animation shows the damage that can be expected from different category winds."