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Additional Hurricane Preparedness Tips

 

Things would have been so much easier if disaster follows a certain schedule that makes it easier to anticipate. But since such is not the case, taking note of hurricane safety precautions and assembling a proper disaster kit would be the best way for you to efficiently cope with anything that a calamity brings.

Your first aid kit

The first aid kit is an essential part of your hurricane kit. This is mainly because hurricanes can cause a lot of injuries from flying glass and falling debris. During this time, you and your family are more vulnerable to puncture wounds caused by damaged properties, exposed nails and other metals. Bone fractures are also common during hurricane season. This being the case, part of your hurricane safety plan should include assembling a first aid kit that will contain all the essential medications that you will need. Medicines can either be prescription or over-the-counter, depending on your family's needs. If someone in your family requires taking certain prescription medications, make sure to keep a stock of this ready in your kit and have the prescription photocopied as well.

Water

Hurricanes will probably cause the contamination of public water supply making it unsafe for drinking. Water treatment plants may not be able to operate during the storm. Make sure to keep yourself updated on the safety of the public water supply during a hurricane. For flooded areas, the facilities have to be disinfected after the storm and the floodwaters should recede before you can use them.

During the storm, as part of hurricane safety, you want to make sure that you keep a stash of bottled water or clean drinking water. Ideally, you have to prepare a gallon for each member of your family for every day that you have to go without assistance. In case bottled water or clean water is unavailable, you can also opt to boil water first to kill most of the disease-causing organisms that may reside in it. You can also use unscented household bleach. For every gallon of water, you want to add 1/8 teaspoon or eight drops of liquid bleach and let it stand for about thirty minutes before you drink it.

Get your kit together

To ensure hurricane safety you need to assemble a proper disaster kit. Here at 1800 PREPARE we offer an extensive inventory of emergency kits and supplies to help you cope with any disaster. We are also a one-stop resource for everything that you need to know to prepare yourself, your family and colleagues for any calamity that may strike your place. 

 

You never really know when a disaster would strike. And if you live in an area that is frequently struck by hurricanes, you want to assemble a hurricane preparedness plan to ensure that you and your family can easily cope in case of such emergencies. Being prepared for a hurricane consists of efforts that are geared towards anticipating any eventuality when a tropical cyclone strikes to minimize the potential damage that the calamity might cause.

Preparing infrastructure

Buildings and infrastructure located in places that are frequently struck by hurricanes are usually built with disaster preparedness in mind. While these properties remain vulnerable to damage, taking hurricane preparedness into consideration will help minimize the impact of the tropical cyclone thereby saving a lot of lives as well.

To stay or go

One part of being prepared for a hurricane is deciding whether to stay in one's home or evacuate to a safer area such as a public building. Many people choose to stay in their homes and as such, it's important that houses are also built to prepare for the calamity. There are even those who hire hurricane mitigation professionals to check on their homes and commercial properties to ensure that these buildings are well prepared for the cyclone. The professional will assess the strength of the structure and create recommendations on areas that need to be improved.

Informing your family

Hurricane preparedness also entails getting your whole household together to discuss what each member has to do in case of disasters caused by the cyclone. It's important that each member of your family understands what could possibly happen during the calamity so they can easily cope. For starters, you will want to designate tasks to older children who can take care of their younger siblings, someone to get the disaster kit ready, and so on. In case you need to evacuate, you will also want to instruct your children about what they need to do in case they get separated from you due to the confusion.

Assembling your kits

The disaster kit is one essential part of hurricane preparedness. You want to make sure that you and your family will have the essential supplies that you will need to survive the calamity. Your disaster kit should contain all the basic items needed for survival including food, water and medications.

Learn more about putting your disaster kit together here at 1800 PREPARE. We are your one-stop resource for everything that you need to cope with any disaster or emergency. Shop through our extensive inventory of emergency preparedness supplies on this website today. 

 

 

Preparing for a Hurricane:                                                                                                                 

1.      Know What Hurricane “WATCH” and Hurricane “WARNING” Mean  

·         “WATCH:” Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.

·         “WARNING:” Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.

2.      Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan 

·         Identify, ahead of time, where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places—friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

·         Keep the telephone numbers of these places handy as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.

·         Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio / TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

3.      Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Including the Following Items:

·         First aid kit and essential medications.

·         Canned food and can opener.

·         At least three gallons of water per person.

·         Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.

·         Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.

·         Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

·         Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

4.      Prepare for High Winds 

·         Install hurricane shutters or purchase precut 1/2 outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home. Install anchors for the plywood and pre drill holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly.

·         Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.

5.      Know What to Do When a Hurricane WATCH Is Issued 

·         Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information.

·         Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.

·         Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood as described above. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.

·         Fill your car's gas tank.

·         Recheck manufactured home tie-downs.

·         Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

6.      Know What to Do When a Hurricane WARNING Is Issued 

·         Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so.

·         Complete preparation activities.

·         If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.

·         Be aware that the calm "eye" is deceptive; the storm is not over! The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.

·         Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

·         Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.

7.      Know What to Do After a Hurricane Is Over 

·         Keep listening to NAPA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for instructions.

·         If you evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so.

·         Inspect your home for damage.

·         Use flashlights in the dark; do not use candles.