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Extremely Active Hurricane Season Predicted: Preparedness Tips Available from the ICC

New York, Aug 26, 2005

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, Hurricane Research Division, and National Hurricane Center are predicting an above-normal 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which has already seen extreme activity. Hurricane Katrina is one of many storms expected to occur during the climatological peak months of August-October. Adequate preparation and shelter are critical for populations that experience these dangerous storms. The International Code Council (ICC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer that publishes standars for hurricane resistant construction among its building codes, has released a number of recommendations for safety:

At the beginning of hurricane season:

  • Prepare emergency supplies and store bottled drinking water.
  • Store flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Clean storm gutters and drains.
  • Prepare your home for high winds and rain.
  • Repair/replace storm shutters.
  • Check your property insurance policy for appropriate coverage.

Before the storm:

  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Check/replace emergency supplies and store bottled drinking water.
  • Review evacuation plans.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.

During the storm:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports. Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • If an evacuation is ordered, leave as soon as possible.
  • Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.

After the storm:

  • After the storm, stay tuned to local radio for information.
  • Return home only after authorities say that it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company, police, or fire department.
  • Enter your home with caution.
  • Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by flood water.
  • Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • Take pictures of any damage to the house and its contents for insurance claims.
  • Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Use telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Use portable generators with caution. Hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, fire.

For more information on hurricane safety, visit the ICC's Public Safety section online. Information on ICC standards related to hurricanes can be found via the links below:

Standards Portal