There are a few things in a person’s life that are better when never experienced. One of the first things that comes to mind is to never experience going through a hurricane or a tropical storm. It may be a difficult thing for many folks to truly understand if they do not live in an area where hurricanes are common.
However, if you are living in an area where hurricanes are likely to form, you appreciate the need to be prepared and ready. Can you imagine what it would be like to be in your home with a category hurricane bearing down upon your city? There is very little that compares with the fear that a storm of this magnitude can cause.
Hurricanes are extremely dangerous storms that produce many hazards. When a storm journeys over the open ocean, it has a tendency to push water in front of it. This push of water will create a storm surge. A storm surge can spill large amounts of water onto the land. Coupled with that are the heavy rainfalls that may add to the flooding. This flooding is particular dangerous during the actual hurricane and for days following the hurricane. Extremely high winds can also cause much damage as they send missile like debris flying throughout the area.
Your safety depends entirely on your vulnerability to these dangers. It also will depend on the strength of the hurricane, where you are located and where it makes landfall. The most important thing that you can do for protection is to be prepared.
The following safety tips will help you to be prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. Before the hurricane season starts, have a family meeting and go over your prepared plan. It is advised that at least someone in your household is qualified in basic first aid. First aid classes are often offered in various locations throughout your city or town.
Always have a well filled and transportable emergency first aid kit. Make certain that everyone in the house knows the route to take for an evacuation. You should have a first and second location for everyone to meet. If there is a need to evacuate to an emergency shelter, have a detailed route planned out and do a trial run.
Emergency Contact List
There needs to be an emergency contact outside of the area. Someone that all of your family knows and make sure that they have contact numbers and information. This will be beneficial to have in case you are separated from the rest of your family. Keep a list of important numbers in various locations. Phone numbers for such places as schools, police, doctors and places of work.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
Do not forget about your pets. They may need to evacuate also. If you or your pets require any medicine have a “GO BAG” for each family member and pet by a convenient exit. Keep your “GO BAG” up to date.
Prepare Your Home
Take time to prepare your home for hurricane damage. Trees can severely damage your house if left untrimmed. Keep gutters cleaned and check your roof for any loose tiles or shingles. When a hurricane is confirmed for your area, put plywood over your homes window. Remove anything from the outside that could be easily picked up by the wind and thrown about. Also, secure any of your larger outdoor items that are too big to bring inside.
Mick Chan has been working in emergency kits industry for more than five years. As a product manager for EDisasterSystem.com, he knows his merchandise inside and out. He loves to write and share his ideas about the importance of safety and emergency prevention.