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:
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:
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 Storm/Named Storm:
cyclone with maximum sustained wind speedranging from 39 mph to 73 mph.
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.
Hurricane with sustained
winds of 111 mph or more. These are Category3 and higher hurricanes with the potential forsignicant loss of life and property.
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
is announced when hurricaneconditions are
in the area. A watch is
issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated
onset of storm-force winds. When hurricaneconditions are
in the area, a
is issued 36 hours in advance of the
tropical storm watch
is announced when a
storm with sustained winds of 39-73 mph is
in the area within 48 hours. A
is issued when tropical stormconditions are
within 36 hours.
Short-term watches and warnings
providedetailed information about specic 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.
Blowing in the Wind