Today, 12:07 PM
What constitutes "way too many"? Florida hadn't had a hurricane strike in quite some time up until recently, and despite my whining in this thread, most areas come out of it no worse for wear than from the average afternoon storm. Coastal areas get screwed, true, but that's kind of par for the course anywhere in the east, and in the NW as well from what I've heard. You wind up with beach erosion, rip currents, coastal flooding... it all just depends on what hits and how hard. Inland, I just need to prepare for prolonged power outages due to trees being down, and areas of intense flooding. I also have to be ready to be on the response team for healthcare workers in case our area gets hit hard. I live down the highway from a shelter, so I might need to help out there. As Danke says, you can see it coming. There are few other dangerous things that give you a polite week's notice that they MIGHT impact your area.
In general, you hurricane-proof your home if you're in a direct-hit area, and everywhere else you also get together a bunch of supplies that you can use throughout the coming months anyhow. Canned goods/non-perishable foods, bottled water, batteries, extra medication refills, cash, etc., all come in handy. Fill a tub with water (we have spare plastic bins like you use for holiday decorations) in case the water goes out and you need water for the toilet or a quick wash-up while you wait for it to come back. Have fans that run on batteries. Have water pre-frozen because it's going to be hot and gross if the power goes out for some time.
That all sounds like a pain, but again you just HAVE some of this stuff.