Hurricanes are a major threat to living on the East or Gulf coast. These massive storms can cause broken windows, flooding, and even serious injuries or in some cases death. Living near the East Coast has taught me that these storms can be rough even when living many miles inshore from the ocean. Over the years my family that lives closer to the beach has sustained some pretty bad damage from these torrential storms. This has led us to learn safety rules and to take precaution whenever the option presents itself. Here are great amazing hurricane safety tips if you and your loved ones live in a potential risk area.
Have an Escape
If you live near the coast make sure that you have an emergency escape route in mind before you even hear of a hurricane warning on the radio or TV. Having a planned route will lessen potential confusion, danger, and chance of injury or getting caught in a location you don’t want to be in when the storm finally hits.
If you live in an area that can be considered at risk for hurricanes go ahead and load up on simple emergency supplies. This should include bottled water, non-perishable foods, a portable radio, flashlights and batteries, medications, and important documents and maps. Making sure you have these items readily available in an easy to reach location will reduce the amount of time wasted in a potentially crucial situation.
Listen To Your Radio
Many places have a specific radio frequency they will broadcast emergency information on which you should know beforehand. This is important to know where flooding has occurred, what roads have closed, and up to date weather conditions. Have a portable radio so that if you lose power you are not stuck not knowing what is going on outside.
Eye on You
Remember that a calm point during a hurricane does not indicate that the storm has passed and everything is safe outside. This will often be the eye of the storm and while it will remain calm for a short time, conditions will pick back up in severity shortly. It’s important to wait from an official announcement that the hurricane has passed before going outside.
Sand Bag It
If you live in an area that is below sea level it may be wise to store a few bags of extra sand in your house. In case of flooding place these at the bottom of doors and basement windows to make sure that water does not enter and ruin your home. If a severe storm is approaching put these bags in place behind doors and exit through the garage when leaving.
Structure and Stability
If you are forced to ride out the storm stay inside the most stable structure on your property. If there is time seal windows with cardboard and duct tape and secure anything not attached to the ground. if you have a garage put your car and any miscellaneous items inside to prevent damage or having them being carried away by the storm.
Save the Pets
If you have a four legged friend remember that while you can comprehend what is happening, they may become frightened or panicked. Keep your animals close by and as contained as possible. To keep them calm, pet them or have a box of treats and toys on hand to keep them occupied. If you have any outdoor animals be sure to bring them inside.
If you live in a highrise apartment building or skyscraper have a plan to descend the stairs and ride out the storm in a lower location. Seek shelter in a small interior room that has the least amount of windows possible. Stay on a floor that is high enough to avoid flooding but low enough that you are secure from the high winds.
Have A Generator
In some severe cases when the power is knocked out by a hurricane it may not be returned for days or even weeks. A backup fuel generator will keep things in your home running even if the city or town you live in does not have a source of immediate power.
Know Your Area
Make sure that no matter where you live you have a good idea of the layout in the area. This will help you to recognize potential dangers like dams, levees, or downed power lines before they can become a life threatening situation.
Hurricanes can be a hard thing to endure and can be scary at times, especially for kids. Being prepared is always the best option when living in an area that is affected by these storms. Use these tips to make sure you and your family are ready for the worst in a dire situation.
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