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Jul 19, 2015 12:43 PM

Hurricane Awareness Week: State officials providing safety tips


CONCORD - State public safety officials have designated this week as Hurricane Awareness Week.

Running from July 19-25, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is encouraging Granite Staters to learn how to protect themselves in event of a hurricane.

While the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and will end on November 30, the most active time for hurricane development is mid-August through mid-October, officials say.

According to their website, hurricanes are a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and high winds. To be considered a hurricane, it must have sustained winds of 74 mph or higher, while a tropical storm has sustained winds of 39-73 mph.

Evacuating to a safer location is the first tactic to protect yourself and your family, officials say. But anyone unable to leave a location when a hurricane strikes is advised to do the following:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors, even if they are covered.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors. Closed doors will help prevent damaging hurricane winds from entering rooms.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

For more information and advice, go to readynh.gov's special hurricane information page.


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