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Are you prepared for a Hurricane? Hurricane season is here and the best way to prepare for a hurricane is through communication and emergency plans. Learn tips and emergency plans that can help save your family, your home and your wallets.


Hurricane FAQ

 What is a hurricane? A hurricane is an intense type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that possess heavy rainfall and maximum sustained winds exceeding 74 miles per hour.  Hurricanes form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricane season officially starts for the Pacific cost May 15, 2013 and on the East Coast June 1, 2013.

Seasons of Hurricanes: Atlantic Coast: June 1st to November 30th

                                            Pacific Coast: May 15th to November 30th

How are hurricanes formed? Hurricanes are formed over a large mass of warm ocean water during seasons when the air is moist and warm. As the air get warmer, moisture evaporates until enormous amounts of heated moist air are twisted high in the atmosphere. The winds begin to circle counterclockwise as they gather speed from the ocean waters of 79 degrees or warmer. Hurricanes form on water but can cross over land and cool waters. However, when a hurricane crosses land and cool waters it looses its source of power.

How much destruction does hurricanes cause? Hurricanes are the most destructive natural weather occurrences on Earth. Each year billions of dollars worth of property damage are cause by hurricanes.

 Hurricane Watch- Hurricane conditions are a threat within the first 48 hours. During this time it is important to review hurricane plans and get ready to act.

Hurricane Warning- During a hurricane warning it is important to be alert. Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. During this time complete your storm preparations.


Be Prepared

 What to do before a Hurricane?

  • In case of a disaster make sure you’ve created an emergency kit and developed a Family Communications plan
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes
  • Find a building safe room in case of emergency
  • Be sure your trees and shrubs surrounding your home is well trimmed so that they are wind resistant
  • Bring in all loose objects surrounding your house and tie down loose objects
  • Cover all your home’s windows. You may also install plywood to prevent window from breaking.

What to do during a Hurricane? 

  • Close all interior doors. Make sure all window, shutters, outdoor object and any loose object are secure in your home.
  • Stay indoors
  • Take refuge in a small room
  • Stay tuned in on weather updates by listening to a radio or TV
  • Turn off utilities and propane tanks
  • Use cell phones only in cases of emergency
  • Ensure you have a water supply and food

Evacuate: In cases of Evacuation

  • Plan a place where your family will meet both in within and outside the immediate neighborhood
  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather
  • Take your emergency supply kit

 What to do after a Hurricane?

  • Continue listing to local news for the latest updates
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding
  • Stay connected with love ones, If you’ve become separated from your family use your family communication plan or contact the American RedCross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/ 1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well Site:
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).’
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

Emergency Plans

  • Have an emergency plan that stores water, food and safety supplies for at least 72 hours.
  • Make sure you have cash available during emergency evacuation
  • Always have a fully stocked first-aid kits available
  • Identify important medications and family documents so that they’re stored and ready to be use in case of emergency

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Enterprise Agreement

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Enterprise Holdings.  With this new partnership agreement, National VOAD members and partners can rent economy class through premium class vehicles from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental at preferred rates using a special discount code. In addition, VOAD members will receive the following benefits:

  • Service available from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Enterprise Truck Rental
  • Participating locations: 100% coverage throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • Best Rate with the National brand: National VOAD will receive the lower between the set rates and the publically posted rate at time of booking
  • Damage Responsibility: All Rates include full damage protection and extended levels of liability coverage.
  • One Way – One way rentals available through the National brand
  • Renter Age: 21 and above – young driver (under 25) fees waived
  • Must be 25 years old and above to rent 15 passenger vans, luxury class, and SUV’s

Below are the instructions on how to booking your reservations. If you have any questions about this new partnership please contact James McGowan at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


National VOAD has partnered with Enterprise Holdings to provide emergency vehicles to our members for use in responding to natural disasters. Under the agreement, members can rent economy class through premium class vehicles from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental at preferred rates using a special discount number. In addition, VOAD members can rent light- and medium-duty trucks from EnterpriseCommercial Trucks, the truck division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The agreement applies to all Enterprise and National locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

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For single vehicle reservations:

Enterprise - Reference Corporate ID # FGH1871
Call 1 800 rent-a-car or 1 800 rent-a-truck. For car rental 
only visit and input PIN # NAT

National - Reference Contract ID # FGH1871
Call 1-800 CAR RENT or visit

For multiple vehicle reservations:

Enterprise / National Car Rental:

Bryan J. Scott, 314-512-5390

National VOAD: 
James McGowan, 703-778-5089

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car, founded in 1957, is an internationally recognized brand offering savings and convenience with more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport locations.


Enterprise Commercial Trucks, a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, serves businesses and organizations with replacement or supplemental fleet needs.


Founded in 1947, National Car Rental is a premium, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of the frequent airport traveler.

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Enterprise, We’ll Pick You Up and the “e” logo are registered trademarks of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. National, National Car Rental, 1-800 CAR RENT and the “flag” are trademarks of Vanguard Trademark Holdings USA LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.© 2013 Enterprise Holdings, Inc. D04210


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