Be Prepared for Tropical Storm Joaquin with Route 44 Hyundai

With Tropical Storm Joaquin on the horizon and making its way to the New England Area, Route 44 Hyundai in Raynham, Ma wants to make sure our customers, community and friends have all the facts needed when it comes to being prepared for any Tropical Storm or Hurricane disasters that can arise when harsh weather hits South-coast, MA. 

Know The Difference Between a Tropical Storm and a Hurricane.

Tropical storms and hurricanes are different strengths of the same storm. They are created when a low-pressure system is coupled with strong winds, creating a cyclonic wind pattern that rotates counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. These storms form over tropical or sub-tropical waters, but can move well outside of their formative areas.

The weather phenomenon is called a tropical storm when sustained wind speeds are between 63 and 119 kilometers per hour (39-74 mph). (Storms that are just beginning to form and meet all the other criteria for a tropical storm but haven't yet gained the appropriate wind speeds are called "tropical depressions.") When sustained wind speeds reach more than 119 kilometers per hour, the tropical storm turns into a hurricane.

Being Prepared:

Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, because the tropical storm  know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan. Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word "alerts."
Preparing Your Home:

Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.  
Preparing Your Vehicle:

  • Take Pictures: For personal and insurance purposes, it’s prudent to have proof of your car’s condition before disaster strikes. So, you may want to consider taking pictures of your car’s interior and exterior as you make your hurricane preparations, the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA) suggests.
  • Check Your Coverage: You may want to check your auto insurance policy to make sure it’s up-to-date. Consider looking into comprehensive coverage, which typically covers your car for damages not related to a collision. Comprehensive coverage is usually optional, unless your auto lender or lease holder requires it. So, it might be a good idea to talk to your agent about whether a policy with this type of coverage makes sense for you. 
  • Keys and Documentation: Store your car’s registration and insurance documentation in a safe place—preferably a fireproof and waterproof lock box. Make copies of this documentation, as well as your car keys, and distribute them to all licensed drivers in your family. That way, in the unfortunate event that you are separated from your vehicle and/or family, your vehicle is ready for use.

Don’t forget, as the American Red Cross advises on its Make A Plan page, always have two emergency meeting areas: one close by your home and another further away in case of evacuation.

  • Fuel: Be sure to fuel up your car, the American Red Cross suggests. A big part of disaster preparedness is having a plan to get help after dangerous weather subsides. With a full tank of gas, you’ll be more likely to get to where you need to go without having to make a pit stop for fuel.
  • Park: Parking your car safely before a hurricane or a tropical storm involves protecting it from high winds and waters. The IHPA recommends parking your car in a garage if possible. If you don’t have a garage, the organization suggests parking your car next to a building, which can offer at least partial protection from high winds. Avoid parking under trees or power lines that can be blown down.

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