With hurricane season currently upon us TrekrTech would like to touch on tips and advice to help others stay safe during these difficult natural disasters. Hurricane season runs through the end of November across all coasts of the United States and some important things to focus on during hurricane season are how to prepare, how to survive, what things you should have with you, and what you should do when the storm has passed.
How to Prepare
While preparing for a hurricane is it important to create your own safety plan which will include things such as evacuation plans, supply gathering, understanding risk/warning signs, and being technology ready. Other ways to prepare for a natural disaster is also to strengthen your home and review important documents. You can strengthen your home by decluttering your drains/gutters, bring in outside furniture, and you may want to consider hurricane shutters. Important documents can be reviewed by scanning them onto some sort of technology in case of being destroyed in the hurricane.
How to Survive
During a storm is it important to stay as informed as you can. Paying attention to weather warning signs as well as public safety alerts and evacuations will be the best way to protect yourself and others. A hurricane proof safety shelter is recommended to have planned such an interior room to avoid high storm winds. If you are trapped in a flooding situation, you must attempt to avoid these waters, find high points to relocate to, and avoid bridges that are over high moving water.
What Things you Should Have
Gathering supplies is an important part of your emergency plan because you truly will never know what you might need. This means that you need to pack effectively and to the best of your ability to help supply you and others in times of natural disaster. See below for an emergency kit list:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
What you Should do When the Storm has Passed
After the storm has finally passed, it is important to take specific steps to keep yourself and others around you safe during the steps towards recovery. These steps include being cautious during clean up, avoid water and electrical equipment, and save phone calls for emergencies only. During the clean-up period post hurricane there are many dangerous possibilities such as falling trees, buildings, and potential floods. It is important that when you are beginning this journey of cleaning up your community and your own home that you wear proper protective gear to avoid potential injuries. Often times there will be mold or other debris that will require a mask to clean up because of the harsh water damage that the hurricane will have done. Avoiding water and electrical equipment during these post storm times is vital because there is a large chance of electrocution. It is recommended that if possible to do safely, turn off the electrical box to avoid this possible danger. There is a large chance that there will be rigid and dangerous debris within the flood waters that may seriously harm you. Finally, use your cell phones for emergencies early because there will most likely be fallen cell phone reception towers all over which means that these calls will be limited. Using text messages, social media, and two way radios will prove to be beneficial alternatives that’s will reconnect you with your loved ones and the world.
*This information and more can be found at Ready.gov