Hurricanes are one of the few disasters for which you can anticipate some warning. Thanks to today’s advanced satellite tracking, we often get at least three days notice when a hurricane is heading towards land fall, and often four or five. A prudent survivalist will make the most of this time. Compared to the three minute warning you may receive in a tornado, three days is a huge amount of time to prepare and even someone who has done no previous planning can get into pretty decent shape in 72 hours.
If your home is near the shore and the rising surf is threatening, or you appear to be in the direct course of the hurricane, you may be better off evacuating to higher ground. Keep in mind that the storm surge and wind damage may be limited to areas near the shore, but heavy rain and subsequent flooding can result in an emergency situation sometimes hundreds of mile inland. Few areas are capable of handling 12 or 15 inches of rain in a four to six-hour period. Heavy rain from hurricanes and tropical storms has caused mudslides, washed out roads, flooded creeks, streams and rivers, generated damaging lighting strikes and even spawned tornadoes hundreds of miles inland.