The forces of Mother Nature are fierce and not to be trifled with. Hurricanes and powerful storms spell disaster for the unprepared. These are severe natural phenomena that can create havoc in daily lives with heavy gusts of wind, torrential downpours that can lead to heavy flooding, loss of life and property.
If you live in a hurricane prone area, it’s imperative to know the evacuation routes. Evacuating before a storm or hurricane hits is the most logical thing to do. However, if due to some unforeseen circumstances you’re unable to move, we have compiled a list of to-do’s to brave out the weather.
BEFORE A STORM / HURRICANE
A disaster plan goes a long way towards protecting yourself and your loved ones. Stick with the basics and keep a note of emergency supplies and contact information.
Experts recommend having enough food and water that will last for 3 days for each family member. Include a first aid kit, flash light, ready-to-eat food items like canned food, protein bars, protective clothing, battery operated radio, hygiene and sanitary items. Make sure all important documents are sealed in waterproof containers and secured in a safe place.
This is one of the major to-do items in your list. Always keep some cash with you. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed. Having cash in hand will help in purchasing items that might be extremely important for you.
DURING A STORM / HURRICANE
Stay away from doors and windows for your safety. During a heavy storm, window panes and glass could become a major life threatening force.
Switch off main electricity source and water mains if there is flooding. Unplug appliances as lightning poses an additional hazard.
Use battery operated flashlights. Do not use candles as they can pose to be a hazard for life during a storm.
Remember that the eye of the storm might pass quickly but that doesn’t mean the storm has subsided. Beware of the lull in heavy winds. Remain in your shelter until authorities give the signal.
If you feel the need to escape at the last moment, aim for higher ground. Unless a shelter is nearby, go for well structured buildings that pose less chance of being flooded.