How to Prepare for a Hurricane take a little time, effort and money but can make all the difference in your family’s chance of survival. Is it worth it ? Yes, Yes, Yes, it is your responsibility to stock your home and vehicle with much needed supplies.
As we have seen recently with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, these are large, dangerous storms that come from the ocean and make landfall, brining in heavy winds and rain. For cities and town on the coast, they are in serious danger of being flooded and wrecked by the high winds, as well as the possibility of tornadoes. Known as cyclones or typhoons in other areas, hurricanes are an annual threat to both sides of the U.S., Central America, and all islands in the Caribbean. Hurricanes form mainly between June and December, when the oceans are at its warmest for systems to develop.
A hurricane watch is the possibility that hurricane-like weather is expected to arrive in 2 days. A hurricane warning states that hurricane weather will arrive in one day. In the event of an oncoming hurricane, families should prepare evacuation routes and plan a place where they can be safe. Pack an 72 hour bug out bag emergency kit including flashlights and batteries, extra money, a first aid kit, medicine, way to treat 2 gallons of water person and for pets per day, easy to make food and ready to eat food, and any other information needed. In the event of not evacuating and staying at your residence, have a generator, bottled water, non-perishable food, the emergency kit, a radio, and other backup batteries for cellphones to receive texts for alerts from officials.
As for the home, consider having hurricane shutters over all windows. The generator should be installed in a safe place outside the house. If under trees, cut off long branches as they can fall down and cause serious damage. Make sure rain drains and gutters are clean to let rainwater move out. When the storm passes, listen to what officials say, if it is safe to return home or remain away from the area. Be careful with debris, don’t drive through heavy floods (see Harvey pictures), and make sure other family members are safe.
The main reason people have to evacuate during hurricanes is from a storm surge, which is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds that can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastlines, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hopefully, none of this ever happens wherever you live.
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