Hurricane is a tropical storm which is known to cause high wind, torrential rains, flooding and storm surges for a long period of time which could be up to 2 weeks over open water flowing across the entire length of coastal areas.
Hurricane storms can develop suddenly during the hurricane season and this is why you must be prepared in order to survive the period.
According to the federal Emergency management Agency safety guidelines for hurricane, it is important to prepare before hand, understand how to whether the storm and know what needs to be done when the whole thing is over.
Below are some of the survival tips.
Preparing Before a Hurricane:
- Draft a plan on how your property would be secured. For example, you can use permanent storm shutters because they provide the best protection for windows. It is important to note that tape will not prevent windows from breaking.
- It is important to ensure that you have trimmed trees and shrubs found around your home.
- One way to survive hurricane is having a safe room. You can consider building it
- To reduce roof damage, it is advisable to install additional clips or strips so as to fasten your roof to the structure of the frame.
- In order to keep flood in check, it is important to clear downspouts, clogged rain gutters to prevent flood that are misdirected.
- You have to figure out how and where to secure your boat
- There is a high possibility of power loss during this period, therefore, ensure a well stocked family disaster kit is kept handy. Do not forget to plan for what you might need if you find yourself being isolated for a number of days.
- Items can be kept in elevated basement to avoid it getting damaged even in case of a minor flooding
Weathering the Storm
As the likelihood of Hurricane becomes evident in your area, do the following
- Be at an alert by monitoring the news via TV, internet and other devices
- Ensure your home is secured. For example, it is important to secure outdoor objects and this is because objects can be broken up into pieces while the strong wind picks it up to form a projectile. Examples of object in this category are hanging plants and lawn furniture.
- It is important to turn off any propane tank in the home. Except for serious emergencies, keep your phones out of use
- If instructed, turn off utilities else you may turn the refrigerator to its coldest settings while keeping its door closed.
- If time persists, moor your boat
- Make sure you have enough cash available. There might not be working ATM in the event of power loss during the period
- Your vehicle should be ready, keep it fully fueled
- There should be adequate supply of water for sanitary purposes like cleaning. You can fill up water containers with water.
You can only start evacuating under the conditions sated below:
- An instruction from authorities and make sure it is followed to the later
- In a situation where residence is a mobile home as they are dangerous during the hurricane
- Hurricane winds become stronger at higher elevation, therefore evacuate if living in high rise buildings
- If there is a feeling of obvious danger
- If you live near an inland water way or along the coast
If for any reason, you cannot evacuate, it is important to do the following:
- Stay away from doors and windows and stay indoors
- Lie on the floor under a sturdy object
- It is best to stay in a small interior room on the lowest level
- Let all interior doors be closed
Once you have survived the hurricane, recovering process begins. However, it is gradual.
In the recovery process, it is important to take extra care when entering the building, take stock of the damage, pumping out flooded basement and reporting losses to the insurance company.
Doing all the tips listed above will ensure you survive any hurricane season.