The next Michigan hurricane may strike unexpectedly

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. The season officially starts June 1st and lasts until November 30th. The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season projects to have an “above-normal level of activity.” According to the  annual forecast update by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to have an “above-normal level of activity.”

While modern technology can help us track incoming storms, it’s important to remember that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Therefore, planning for a hurricane and knowing the warning signs is crucial.

  • A Hurricane Watch means you can expect hurricane conditions in 36 hours. 
  • A Hurricane Warning means expecting sustained winds above 74 miles per hour within 24 hours.

Here are three Essential Steps for Michigan Hurricane Safety:

  1. Plan: Every family should have an emergency plan. Decide if you’ll move to a safer place inland, go to a designated shelter, or ride out the storm in your home. Make sure you stay in touch with local authorities to learn the severity of the hurricane. Plan an escape route in case your family needs to evacuate.
  2. Prepare: Your home should have a survival kit with non-perishable food items, a first aid kit, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, fresh batteries, and drinking water. Also, include other things you might need, such as medication, prescription glasses, or your insurance information. Cover windows and doors with wind shutters or 3/4-inch plywood if you don’t have screens to prepare your home. Make sure your garage door is closed and anchored to avoid severe damage.
  3. Protect: If you decide to ride out the hurricane, stay indoors, away from windows or glass doors. Put as many walls between you and the storm as possible. If you don’t have a basement, go to a closet or a bathroom. If you need to leave the area, go directly to the shelter. Take your survival kit and lock all doors and windows before you leave. Let your relatives or friends know where you plan to go.

Michigan Hurricane and other safety issues:

Those with an emergency plan do much better than those without. Taking a moment to plan today may help you avoid last-minute panic. It could save your home and your family. For more information on other safety issues and how to prepare for them, click the highlighted link to learn What you can do to prepare for a Michigan Earthquake