Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Hurricane-Safe Travel Destinations
Hurricane-Safe Destinations ~ Pick Your Travel Destination Well
OUR RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS & VACATION EXPERIENCES
GO ON A CRUISE:
POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS:
that hurricanes are less likely the further south you go. The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Vincent, including the islands below them, are the least hit by hurricanes. However, as Grenada discovered in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan, never say never and keep in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar
Hurricane-free year round, the beaches and hotels of Aruba welcome those who travel for romance.
Spectacular beaches, great tanning weather and a fun city combine to make Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination. Its Bay of Banderas is the place to be, but touring the nearby jungles on horseback is also an attractive option. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is an area of Mexico that has attracted many talented artists and is known as one of the country's centers for the fine arts.
To many travelers, Cabo has become the "place to be" in Mexico. Good beaches, great shoreline, golf, fishing, and wild nightlife combine to make the Cabo area an attractive destination for a variety of travelers.
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
Everywhere you look, from the Las Vegas Strip to the dazzling Freemont Street Experience, there's an incredible variety of things to see and do. Take a roller coaster ride around Manhattan skyscrapers. Trek through space at warp speed. Visit the world's tallest Coke bottle, or the tallest observation tower in the United States. Take a chance with Lady Luck. Dine from buffet to gourmet. Swing into championship golf. Or relax beside a refreshing pool. These are just some of the many incredible experiences waiting for you in this remarkable desert playground. Las Vegas is one of our top 5 hurricane-safe travel destinations.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC:
Enjoy your vacation exactly the way you want to… do a little of this… a lot of that… or do nothing at all… whenever you want. Simply relax, sink your toes into the silkiest sand imaginable or doze under spreading palms. Or you can spend your day sailing blue Bahamian waters, snorkeling amongst turtles and coral walls, or discovering local flavors, sights and sounds. If you seek intense thrills, try soaring 25 feet into the warm tropical air on the flying trapeze or feeling the pure adrenaline rush of water skiing. But keep some energy because when the sun sets, the serious fun starts! It's your vacation. It's your Club Med.
- To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
- Know your surroundings.
- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
- Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property:
- Cover all of your home’s windows. 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.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
- Consider building a safe room.
- If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
- If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
- If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.
- Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
- Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
- Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.
- FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.
- The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
FEMA PublicationsIf you require more information about any of these topics, the following are resources that may be helpful.
- Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage. FEMA-247. A guide to hurricane preparedness.
- Community Hurricane Preparedness. IS-324. CD-ROM or Web-based training course for federal, state and local emergency managers.
- How to Guides to Protect Your Property or Business from High Winds.
- Surviving the Aftermath of a Hurricane. A guide from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Returning Home after a Hurricane or Flood. American Red Cross.
- Repairing Your Flooded Home. American Red Cross.
- Avoiding Hurricane Damage. Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Detailed information on how you can protect your property.
Related WebsitesFind additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- NOAA Hurricane Center
- American Red Cross
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control
- Consumer Product Safety Commission