Because Hurricane Irma was so unpredictable and had the opportunity to travel along the east coast, I thought it was a good time to take a break from normal home conditioning and focus for a moment on hurricane preparations. As a precursor and survivor, I refuse to take unnecessary chances in my family's life and plan accordingly.
The National Hurricane Center has listed two major factors that contribute to the safety of people during hurricanes. First, he prepares himself for the risks in the first place and secondly, acting on those preparations when emergency officials alert them to the danger. Too many times, people decide to stay in their homes after being advised to evacuate to a safer place. This puts the lives of lifeguards at risk when they try to save those who are stupid enough not to leave. I'm one of the last people who would like to go into public shelter, so I expect what will happen and will essentially "get out of Dodge" before being instructed. My thoughts are that a small vacation for a day or two will not hurt the family at all. That's why the first item on my list has an evacuation plan.
Storm surges as a result of increasing water levels by 20 meters or more are the main reason for people to evacuate from a location. This is especially important and of the utmost importance to keep in mind if you live along the coast. Each of us must investigate and determine if we live in an evacuation area. Local authorities often provide the public with valuable information about the evacuation areas and their plans. These documents must be reviewed by everyone in the area before the hurricane arrives. I recommend that you test these routes in good weather to get acquainted with them. The last thing you will want to do is be trapped in crowded roads when you evacuate your area.
Mobile homes were especially dangerous at the time. I have lived in the southern United States during my military career, and I have never understood why mobile homes are so prevalent in these hurricane zones.
If you own a pet, be sure to set up an assessment plan well in advance of the danger. Many motels, hotels and shelters will not allow pets in them. Some shelters already include places for your pets. Last year, I participated in a shelter exercise with DEMA (Delaware Emergency Management Agency) and was a victim. The shelter does not allow pets to enter the main areas, but has created a room or two for the animals. Be sure to check beforehand to see what you will need to bring and make sure your animal's photos are up-to-date and up-to-date.
Buying emergency supplies is next on the list. They must be purchased long before the hurricane arrives. Keep your supplies handy in case you need to evacuate the area. I can guarantee that if you wait too long until the day before the hurricane hits your location, the stores will be completely empty of any supplies. During such an emergency, enter a grocery store and inspect the shelves. They are almost empty of everything. In fact, hurricanes are the best friend of the grocery store owner. Keep a handy hurricane kit that is easily accessible near your door, where all you have to do is get it in your way. Turn on the TV and you will see how the shelters were extremely limited in terms of supply when Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Shelters are often overcrowded and may not have enough supplies to go around.
The following are important documents. Make your insurance policies, birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, titles of your vehicles available, etc. I keep all my important documents in one folder that I can quickly pick up and bring with me in an emergency.
Then take all precautions to protect your home from additional damage. If you have loose shingles, fix them before the hurricane. Any compromise with your roof becomes an open invitation to the high winds that accompany the hurricane. Take a close look at your yard and provide everything that can fly in the face of wind gusts. If you are able to buy wood, put on your windows and add extra security to the doors of your home.
Finally, save the extra batteries and get a radio station. You want to keep up with everything that is happening in your area. Before the storm strikes, back up all your electronic information from your computer and store it on some site out of location.
This is just a quick overview of some of the elements that are often overlooked as a hurricane approach. Take all necessary safety reports seriously and luck.
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