Hurricane myths versus facts


Janine Rywak - Contributing Columnist



While our thoughts are still with Florida and Texas, and all those who suffered at the hands of Harvey and Irma, we can be thankful for our many blessings to live in south central North Carolina.

Anson County is lucky to be far enough inland not to receive the wrath of most hurricanes. Many local folks will say, “Not so fast. Remember Hugo?” And still also, many in the county also have vacation homes along the Carolina coastline.

For all of these reasons, learning about hurricanes is a good idea to help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers valuable resources and information in preparing for storms.

Visit its website (listed below) to learn more about hurricane preparedness. Make sure you do not confuse myths for facts, so you can be confident about taking the proper preparedness actions.

Here are a few myths to look out for when you are preparing for a hurricane.

Myth — Homeowner’s insurance will cover everything if a hurricane affects your home.

Fact — Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Consult your insurance agent about flood damage.

Myth — Taping windows will protect them from strong, hurricane-force winds.

Fact — Taping windows can create larger, deadlier shards of glass. Hurricane shutters and impact-resistant windows are far more effective against breakage.

Myth – It is okay to drive through a small amount of floodwater.

Fact – The depth of water is not always obvious, and moving water has tremendous power. As little as one foot of water can sweep your vehicle off the roadway.

These and additional myths and facts can be found on the FEMA website (https://community.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane-en_us/be-smart?lang=en_US), along with a hazard-specific guide that provides information on the basics of each hazard, how to protect yourself and your property, and what steps to take now.

Janine Rywak is director of the Anson County Cooperative Extension.

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Janine Rywak

Contributing Columnist

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