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Becoming Storm Savvy Busting Hurricane Myths Slide 2 Basic Hurricane Information. Pinellas County s Hurricane Guide Pinellas County s Hurricane Guide www.pinellascounty.org/emergency www.pinellascounty.org/emergency www.pinellascounty.org/emergency Emergency Management: (727) 464-3800 Emergency Management: (727) 464-3800 Front of your telephone white pages Front of your telephone white pages www.fema.gov www.fema.gov www.fema.gov www.floridadisaster.org www.floridadisaster.org www.floridadisaster.org www.flash.org www.flash.org www.flash.org Slide 3 What is a myth? mythnoun Origin: Gk mthos story mythnoun Origin: Gk mthos story a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some hero or event, and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature. Any fictitious story or unscientific account, theory, belief, etc. Slide 4 Why are myths dangerous? They waste your time They waste your time They cost you money They cost you money They make you believe you are safer They make you believe you are safer Slide 5 The dirty dozen. Window taping Window taping It costs too much It costs too much Pressure differences Pressure differences Total destruction Total destruction Vertical evacuation Vertical evacuation High winds High winds Mobile home safety Mobile home safety Countywide evacuation Countywide evacuation Public shelters Public shelters Evacuation order timing Evacuation order timing Government will provide everything Government will provide everything It cant happen here It cant happen here Slide 6 Myth: My windows are protected. I have them taped. Taping my windows is cheap and easy. Besides, everyone I see on TV is taping their windows. It must be a good idea. Taping my windows is cheap and easy. Besides, everyone I see on TV is taping their windows. It must be a good idea. Slide 7 Fact: Shuttering your windows is the safe thing to do. Tape does nothing to protect windows. Tape does nothing to protect windows. Shutter options: Shutter options: Plywood (min. 7/16 required FL Code) Commercial systems Large missile impact rated windows. Large missile impact rated windows. Slide 8 Myth: Hurricane preparation costs too much. News stories claim assembling a supply kit for a family of four costs more than $500. Who can afford that? News stories claim assembling a supply kit for a family of four costs more than $500. Who can afford that? Slide 9 Fact: Build your kit without busting your budget. Inventory supplies already in your home. Inventory supplies already in your home. Buy a little bit each week. Buy a little bit each week. Buy only what you will use. Buy only what you will use. Slide 10 Myth: I ll open my window to equalize pressure. If I don t open the windows on the opposite side of my home during a hurricane, the air pressure difference can cause all of the glass in my windows to break. If I don t open the windows on the opposite side of my home during a hurricane, the air pressure difference can cause all of the glass in my windows to break. Slide 11 Fact: Keeping wind out of your home is top priority. It s not a difference atmospheric pressure that causes failure it s debris impact. It s not a difference atmospheric pressure that causes failure it s debris impact. Wind entering through an opening can pressurize air in the home, exiting through the weakest point. Wind entering through an opening can pressurize air in the home, exiting through the weakest point. Slide 12 Myth: Everything will be destroyed after the Big One . No doubt, a hurricane s massive winds will tear everything apart. Protection is pointless. Besides, I ll build a new house when I get my insurance check. No doubt, a hurricane s massive winds will tear everything apart. Protection is pointless. Besides, I ll build a new house when I get my insurance check. Slide 13 Fact: Hardening your home can help save it. Repairs are much easier than total rebuilds. Repairs are much easier than total rebuilds. You may be able to live in your home if repairs are minor. You may be able to live in your home if repairs are minor. Slide 14 Myth: When the storm comes, I m evacuating up. My unit is on the sixth floor of the building and it has shutters. There s no way storm surge or wind can get me. I ll be safe. My unit is on the sixth floor of the building and it has shutters. There s no way storm surge or wind can get me. I ll be safe. Slide 15 Fact: Vertical evacuation leaves you stranded. Wind speed increases the higher you go. Wind speed increases the higher you go. Storm surge can wash out lower levels of your building, preventing access after the storm passes. Storm surge can wash out lower levels of your building, preventing access after the storm passes. Slide 16 Myth: Hurricane winds can t be worse than thunderstorms. We have bad thunderstorms here. Hurricanes aren t much worse. And, my house was built in 1960, so it must have survived lots of big storms. We have bad thunderstorms here. Hurricanes aren t much worse. And, my house was built in 1960, so it must have survived lots of big storms. Slide 17 Fact: Hurricane winds are more powerful than you expect. F = m x v 2 F = m x v 2 Example: 120 mph wind is nine times stronger than a 40 mph wind (3 x 3). High winds can do serious damage, throwing large missiles. High winds can do serious damage, throwing large missiles. Last hurricane to hit Pinellas County was in 1921. Last hurricane to hit Pinellas County was in 1921. Slide 18 Myth: My mobile home is a safe place to ride out a storm. I have new tie-downs on my mobile home. It was also built after 1994 to tougher standards. I have new tie-downs on my mobile home. It was also built after 1994 to tougher standards. Slide 19 Fact: NEVER ride out a storm in a mobile home. Older homes not built to withstand high winds. Older homes not built to withstand high winds. Newer homes rely on tie-downs to resist forces they can fail. Newer homes rely on tie-downs to resist forces they can fail. Evacuate when ordered to! Evacuate when ordered to! Slide 20 Myth: There s no safe place when the Big One comes. Surely, there is a plan to evacuate everyone from Pinellas County when a Category 5 storm is coming. Surely, there is a plan to evacuate everyone from Pinellas County when a Category 5 storm is coming. Slide 21 Fact: There are many safe places to shelter from a storm. Run from water, hide from wind. Run from water, hide from wind. Seek shelter in a well- built structure out of the evacuation zones. Seek shelter in a well- built structure out of the evacuation zones. Some areas are less than one mile from the beach to a non- evacuation zone. Some areas are less than one mile from the beach to a non- evacuation zone. Slide 22 Myth: Why have an evacuation plan? I m going to a shelter. I ve been told that public shelters provide cots, food and generators. Why not use them? I can also bring my pet with me to a shelter, right? I ve been told that public shelters provide cots, food and generators. Why not use them? I can also bring my pet with me to a shelter, right? Slide 23 Fact: Public shelters are safer, but they are a last resort. Shelters do not provide bedding, can be crowded and dark. Shelters do not provide bedding, can be crowded and dark. Pets are only allowed at certain shelters. Pets are only allowed at certain shelters. Stay with a friend or relative instead. Stay with a friend or relative instead. Slide 24 Myth: I ll evacuate when the weather starts to get bad. The sun is shining. It s a beautiful beach day. Why evacuate now? Besides, I have weather radar on my computer I ll evacuate when I m sure we ll get hit. The sun is shining. It s a beautiful beach day. Why evacuate now? Besides, I have weather radar on my computer I ll evacuate when I m sure we ll get hit. Slide 25 Fact: Evacuate when ordered. Evacuation orders are issued to protect you when the threat of storm surge exists. Evacuation orders are issued to protect you when the threat of storm surge exists. Enough time must be provided to clear residents from affected areas. Enough time must be provided to clear residents from affected areas. Move quickly but safely. Move quickly but safely. Slide 26 Myth: The government will provide everything I need. I don t need all those things in my survival kit. When the Big One hits, the government will set up relief stations and give me exactly what I need. I don t need all those things in my survival kit. When the Big One hits, the government will set up relief stations and give me exactly what I need. Slide 27 Fact: Get supplies to last AT LEAST 72 HOURS. First priorities are search and rescue, opening hospitals and restarting basic infrastructure. First priorities are search and rescue, opening hospitals and restarting basic infrastructure. Field aid stations will open, but it will take time to get supplies here on damaged roadways and bridges. Field aid stations will open, but it will take time to get supplies here on damaged roadways and bridges. Slide 28 Myth: It can t happen here. In Pinellas, we re protected by an ancient Indian blessing/our geography/weather patterns. The storms will never come here. In Pinellas, we re protected by an ancient Indian blessing/our geography/weather patterns. The storms will never come here. Slide 29 Fact: It s only a matter of time. Major storms form in the Gulf Major storms form in the Gulf Wilma (882 mb), Camille (902 mb) Tampa Bay area is not immune Tampa Bay area is not immune 1835, 1848, 1852, 1872, 1873, 1887, 1892, 1894, 1899, 1921 Close brushes since 1950 Close brushes since 1950 Easy (1950), Donna (1960), Gladys (1968), Elena (1985), Georges (1998), Charley (2004), Wilma (2005) Slide 30 Be prepared! Know your evacuation level and evacuate when ordered Know your evacuation level and evacuate when ordered Build your hurricane survival

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