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Hurricane Info from the America Red Cross

Hurricane Info from the America Red Cross

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Prepare for Hurricanes
The United States has had its fair shareof wild weather this year — including heat
waves in winter, oods and tornadoes. Andnow as severe drought conditions aectnearly every state, Americans collectivelynd themselves wishing for rain. But not
 too
much.
We are about to enter the peak hurricane season(from mid-August to late October). All Atlanticand Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subjectto hurricanes. And parts of the Southwest and
Pacic Coast also experience heavy rains andoods each year from hurricanes spawned o Mexico’s Pacic coast.The National Weather Service (NWS) estimatesa 70 percent probability for each of the followingranges of activity during 2012:
 
9-15 Named Storms
 
4-8 Hurricanes
1-3 Major HurricanesRegardless of the overall activity predicted inthe seasonal outlook, it only takes one stormhitting your area to cause a disaster. That is why
it is important to be prepared for hurricaneseason and to learn what to do before, duringand after a hurricane occurs.
There are a few simple steps everyone cantake — whether at home or at work — to be ready
for peak hurricane season. As with all weather
emergencies, experts at the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA), the AmericanRed Cross and the NWS advise you to prepare,plan and stay informed.Learn your community’s emergency plans,warning signals, evacuation routes, andlocations of emergency shelters well before astorm arrives. Check your post orders for
hurricane preparedness and response procedures
which may include an evacuation plan andspecial instructions regarding employees
with disabilities.
Know which risks exist in your area. Listen toyour local radio and TV stations or go online for
 An Informational Guide for Securitas USA Clients and Employees
August 2012 Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Number 101
Hurricane Readiness and Response
 
When a hurricane is headed your way, followyour post orders and directions from theappropriate authorities. If you are ordered toevacuate, go. And stay away until authoritiesinform you it is safe to return.If you are not ordered to evacuate, stay indoorsin a designated safe place — away from windows
and exterior doors — until officials declare the
storm is over. Do not go outside, even if theweather appears to have cleared — the calm“eye” of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you
outside when strong winds resume.
Details from the American Red Cross for what to
do before, during and after a hurricane can befound on the third page of this issue. You can
also visit these Web sites for additional hurricanesafety information:
www.ready.gov/hurricaneswww.weather.govwww.emergency.cdc.gov
current storm information. You could also
arrange for NWS alerts to be sent directly toyour phone, PC or other device to keep you
up-to-date on the latest conditions.As peak hurricane season looms, knowing theterms that meteorologists use when forecasting
tropical weather can also help you navigatehurricane hazards:
Tropical Cyclone:
Generic term for a low
pressure system that forms in the tropics,
composed of powerful thunderstorms and
wind circulation. When sustained winds are 38
mph or less, it is called a
tropical depression.
Tropical Storm/Named Storm:
A tropical
cyclone with maximum sustained wind speedranging from 39 mph to 73 mph.
Hurricane:
A tropical cyclone in which the
maximum sustained wind speed is 74 mph or
higher. Category 1 (74-95 mph) and 2(96-110 mph) storms are dangerous and cancause extensive damage to property, homes,
roads and trees.
Major Hurricane:
Hurricane with sustained
winds of 111 mph or more. These are Category3 and higher hurricanes with the potential forsignicant loss of life and property.
Storm surge:
Water that is pushed toward the
shore by the force of winds swirling around the
storm. The surge combines with the normal
tides to cause an abnormal rise in sea levelwhich can reach heights over 20 feet and can
span hundreds of miles of coastline. 
Watches and Warnings
A
hurricane watch
is announced when hurricaneconditions are
possible
in the area. A watch is
issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated
onset of storm-force winds. When hurricaneconditions are
expected
in the area, a
hurricanewarning
is issued 36 hours in advance of the
anticipated onset.A
tropical storm watch
is announced when a
storm with sustained winds of 39-73 mph is
possible
in the area within 48 hours. A
tropical
storm warning
is issued when tropical stormconditions are
expected
within 36 hours.
Short-term watches and warnings
providedetailed information about specic hurricanethreats, such as ash oods and tornadoes.
This guide is for informational purposes only and does not contain Securitas USA’s complete policy and procedures.
 
For more information, contact your Securitas USA supervisor or account manager.
www.securitasinc.com
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