Tips for Surviving the 2013 Hurricane Season

NEW YORK (MainStreet)—With the Atlantic hurricane season officially underway as of June 1, nearly half a million properties are at risk in the New York City metro area, according to a new study.

The 2013 CoreLogic Storm Surge Report estimates that overall 4.2 million U.S. homes are at risk for hurricane storm surge damage.

"Sandy was a harsh reminder of the potential destruction associated with storm-surge flooding and of just how many communities are vulnerable to that risk in areas assumed to be safe from hurricanes along the Northeastern Atlantic shoreline," said Dr. Howard Botts, vice president and director of database development for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released preliminary revised flood maps that increase the scope of designated flood zone areas in several New York City suburbs to include 35,000 additional homes and businesses not previously identified as existing within a flood zone. "If your home is in a flood zone, there's little you can do except hope the hurricane doesn't hit you and purchase insurance," said Larry Tanner, professional engineer and research associate at Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute.

Storm surge is triggered primarily by high winds and low pressure associated with hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 13 to 20 named storms with up to six becoming potentially Category 3 or higher.

"The time to prepare is before a storm, because once the power goes out, it's too late," said Art Aiello, spokesperson for Generac Power Systems in Wisconsin. "Take steps as soon as possible to make sure you're ready for hurricane season."

Enough said. Below are six tips on how to prepare for a storm: