HOUSTON (CBS Houston) This week marks “Hurricane Preparedness Week” and officials want to encourage residents to have items, a plan as well as common sense when it comes to preparing for a hurricane.

According to The National Hurricane Center’s website, “History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.”

Hurricane hazards come in many forms. There could be storm surges, residual and heavy rain fall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, rip currents and even thunderstorms accompanied by lightening. Are you prepared should you lose power? Are you prepared should you be forcibly barricaded in your home for days, even weeks after a powerful hurricane?

When preparing for a hurricane, it is imperative to have essentials. For example. Chances are you will not have power. So how will you eat? Do you have a bin that is filled with food for you (and your family?) Tuna fish, canned meats and other non perishable items need to be kept in a safe place and easily accessible.

The website gives you comprehensive information in order to prepare you for a hurricane. Click here to view their checklist.

They also add: “Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall,” as stated on the website.

So have your kit including the essentials you need for a hurricane and even prepare for your pets. Do they need medications? They also need clean drinking water just as you do.

(Photo Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Check out these other tips to ensure your preparedness in the event of a hurricane.

Needed supplies include:

Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
First aid kit filled with bandages, creams, ointments and medications
Non-perishable (canned food) and water
Non-electric can opener
Cash and credit cards
Sturdy shoes

For outdoor conditions and before a hurricane hits your home and surroundings consider the following:

Protect your windows placing permanent shutters over them. Consider a lower-cost approach by using plywood panels. Cover your windows long before the storm hits.

Need more additional tips? Click here!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 runs from May 26th through June 1st.

Are you prepared? Check out related video below and offer additional tips if you have them!


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