Hurricanes...Unleashing Nature's Fury: A Preparedness Guide (Revised January 2007)   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The term hurricane has its origin in the indigenous religions of past civilizations. The Mayan storm god was named Hunraken. A god considered evil by the Taino people of the Caribbean was called Huracan. Hurricanes may not be considered evil but they are one of nature's most powerful storms. Their potential for loss of life and destruction of property is tremendous. Those in hurricane-prone areas need to be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms. Even inland areas, well away from the coastline, can experience destructive winds, tornadoes and floods from tropical storms and hurricanes. [...]. Warnings issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center continue to improve and provide timely predictions to help reduce loss of life and mitigate property loss in the United States. Despite improved warnings, property damage continues to increase due to the growing population on our coastlines. Federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and organizations such as the American Red Cross, have combined with state and local agencies, rescue and relief organizations, the private sector and the news media to improve preparedness efforts."

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