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Top 5 US Hurricane Wake-up Calls

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 14, 2012

Top 5 US Hurricane Wake-up CallsI didn’t think it could happen here.”

“I’ve lived here for decades and never expected anything like this.”

“We were caught off guard.”

The words of people caught in the aftermath of a hurricane – especially a particularly strong or large one – often reflect the fact that at any one location, a damaging and deadly hurricane is a fairly rare occurrence. While it is obviously a good thing that they don’t strike more often, there is a hidden danger there: we are often lulled into complacency and the belief that the chances are so small that we don’t really need to make the serious preparations we often hear we should.

There’s another, related curveball that hurricanes of the past throw at us. If we experience any part of a hurricane, even the outer fringes, we sometimes think we “went through it”.

Consider that back in 1983, I “went through” Hurricane Alicia in the Houston, Texas area. It was one of the scariest nights of my life. Fact is, though, that I directly experienced only winds of tropical storm force on the comparatively weaker side of the circulation in the western suburbs.

Many people probably remember certain hurricanes that hit their general area, while the brunt of the storm hit a few miles away and spared them the worst. Nearby areas surrounding those that were devastated might not be as fortunate next time.

So, combining all of the above, the ultimate wake-up call is a devastating hurricane that is the first that has hit an area in a long time but spares particular cities or neighborhoods. All of the hurricanes on this year’s list have both historical attributes.

People who ahead of time had an evacuation plan, enough insurance, sufficient supplies, and window coverings that are tested, approved, and properly installed, usually fared much better after a hurricane than those who didn’t. So, there is a need to do everything possible to convince ourselves we are hurricane-vulnerable – to the point we make these preparations, even if we’ve not been hit by a hurricane in a long time, or even if the worst parts of nearby hurricanes appear to keep missing us.

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