Where I come from we don’t have hurricanes. We have tornadoes and wild-fires and hail storms, but no hurricanes.
It might be because Alberta, Canada is landlocked.
As I watch the news I cannot imagine being on the Eastern Seaboard where Hurricane Irene is bearing down on our neighbors in the United States. All reports say that Irene will be a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph. That would make her the strongest hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years.
Irene was expected to come ashore Saturday in North Carolina with 115 mph winds and a storm surge of 5 to 10 feet. If the storm strikes New York, it will likely be downgraded to a Category 1 or 2.
As people are heading for cover, we figured it would be a good idea to give our readers …
What to do to prepare for a Hurricane
* This list is taken from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
1. Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
2. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
3. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
4. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
5. Determine how and where to secure your boat.
6. Consider building a safe room.
7. Also consider moving to Alberta, Canada.
For more safety information about Hurricanes, visit the FEMA website.