Common Myths about Hurricanes

A quick survey of web pages debunking the various myths about hurricane season will result in an amazing array of ideas about storms, some of which are quite dangerous. Even though it is the year 2010 and there have been numerous storms that have caused massive damage as well as loss of life, it seems there are many people who still believe in old wives tale type wisdom when it comes to hurricanes.

Despite all of the history and advances in technology many people still apparently believe in practices such as taping their windows in preparation from a storm. If hurricane force winds pick something up and slam it into a large window, there is nothing that tape can do to prevent it from shattering.

Another idea, that opening windows in a home to relieve pressure is not only unsound it opens the home and its occupants up for more potential harm and damage from winds, water and flying debris. Hurricanes are often followed by tornadoes which have the wind capacity to knock the bricks off the side of a building and bend steel I-beams that hold up advertising billboards (as was evident after hurricane Katrina in 2005).

Some of the top hurricane myths cited around the web are: Storms can only occur between June 1 and November 30, only coastal areas are at risk from hurricanes/living inland is safe, a late start to hurricane season means things will be calm that year, Homeowners insurance will adequately cover damages, it’s safe to go outside in the eye, and once the hurricane has passed the worst is over.

There are many other ideas mentioned as well about evacuation, and what water will be safe to drink in the event of a storm. These beliefs are not only mythical in proportion they can lead to serious consequences. Having the correct information about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness is essential to taking the proper precautions to protect homes and families.

The best regional information on hurricane readiness is going to be available through local news media. Websites for local television stations and newspapers should be bookmarked and residents in hurricane prone areas should elect to receive any available email updates offered. 


The best place to learn the truth about hurricanes is the National Hurricane Center:

Additional helpful information is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):