The Atlantic hurricane season started three days ago, and it may be useful to review some suggestions for staying safe during a violent storm.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people living in the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.
MarylandWeather.com reports Joe Bastardi, chief long-range forecaster for AccuWeather.com, predicts the season that will be milder than 2008 but still more "active" than the long-term average.
To minimize the stress surrounding hurricane evacuation, advises the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, start gathering supplies and preparing your home and family as early as possible.
That includes locating important documents, reviewing evacuation and reunion plans as well as putting aside ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables as well as water in plastic containers to prepare for survival in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
It suggests keeping at least a three-day supply of water per person (one gallon per person per day).
It is also a good idea to protect your house from damage by boarding windows and doors, sandbagging around the premises and trimming bushes to avoid exterior damage.
At the first announcement of a hurricane warning, the organization says, you should prepare to leave to a designated shelter or family or friends who live in areas free from surge and flooding.
Battery-powered radios are a key tool that enables residents of threatened areas to stay abreast of storm developments and follow evacuation guidelines.
The north Atlantic hurricane season lasts through the end of November.