A hurricane is potentially a catastrophic event that typically affects warm-water coastal regions. It is also known as a cyclone that brings along powerful winds and driving rain and is frequently accompanied by thunder and lightning. Super-sized hurricanes have appeared from time to time and have destroyed many regions and claimed a huge number of lives. The one sure way to beat them is to be prepared for them. Since these are natural phenomenon, they cannot be avoided because their power, storm track, and landfall are totally unpredictable. They follow a random track and that is what makes them so dangerous. A good way to reduce the devastating effects of a hurricane is to have a well thought out escape plan in place.
Here are seven tips that can be the difference between life and death in the time of emergency.
1 MAKING YOUR HOUSE STORM-RESISTANT: This is especially useful for people who are living in the area that is more likely to be affected by a hurricane. Ensure to board up your windows and doors. Using a storm shutter for your windows can be especially useful. Also, cut or trim all the trees near your home to promote safety.
2 CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN: Have an emergency strategies ready well ahead of time. It is also important to make sure that your children’s schools also have their own emergency plans prepared, in case an emergency of any kind hits. This plan should clearly answer questions like “how would you establish contact with each other?” “Where would you go in case of an emergency?” and “what would be one out of area number for contact?”
3 DEVELOPING AN EMERGENCY KIT: This is fundamentally supposed to be your emergency support kit and will have must have items like food supply for a minimum of 3 days, water, a self-charging radio, an emergency light, maps, mobile phones with solar phone charger, blankets and a first aid kit.
4 A STRATEGY FOR EVACUATION: When advised by authorities to evacuate, you must be able to immediately grab your pack of essential items and get going without delay. It is also crucial that you keep your car’s fuel tank on full and take only the suggested evacuation routes. Meet up with loved ones on locations specified in your emergency strategy and leave early to prevent getting cornered by the storm. Also, remember to carry your emergency kit along.
5 STOCKING UP ON THE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: It is of the utmost importance to stash enough must-have items near the time of the hurricane. Have a stockpile of non-perishable foodstuffs, drinking water, fundamental medicines, a few emergency lights, water-cleaning tablets, hygiene supplies, a few hand crank radios and blankets or sleeping bags. Because you may need more than one, it is also suggested to use these extra supplies to create several emergency kit (see item three). You can store them in separate areas for when it would be hard to know when and where you need one.
6 A SAFE AREA IN YOUR HOUSE: In case when you and your family decide to stay back, it is typically recommended to resort to your “safe room”. A safe area is that area of your home which is designed specifically to hunker down through a hurricane. It should thus have no windows and only one inside door. Fill that space up with all your emergency supplies.
7 PREPARING A BUGOUT BOX: This box is not the same as your emergency kit. The box is meant to contain all your critical documents and papers. All your identification and registration papers, in original, should be stored in this box, to be taken away with you in case of evacuation.
Hurricanes and other natural disasters are devastating and can be very dangerous. It’s a wise choice to be prepared for them. However, taking all the necessary precautions will yield the desired results only if you also manage to keep your self calm. It is important to stay relaxed while you prepare yourself to battle nature’s most powerful phenomena. Rest assured, you can survive and defeat it!