Learn What To Do to Survive a Destructive Hurricane
Hurricanes are storms that bring violent wind and heavy rain, which can sometimes cause flooding, storm surges, and tornadoes. The best way to survive one is to seek higher ground or to stay out of its path. You can also sit out its entire duration indoors to avoid accidents, which is why everyone must prepare well before it makes landfall.
Fortunately, weather analysts can estimate the time a storm will reach land and how big and powerful it will get using various technologies. They announce all sorts of weather disturbances including hurricanes ahead of time. During this period, it is best to prepare for the storm by doing the following:
Inform Yourself about the Storm
If a storm is expected to hit your area within days, make sure to read, watch, and listen to news that update to give you ample time to prepare. Know which relatives and shelters you can visit in case of an emergency. Listen to calls for evacuation and don’t hesitate to follow the authorities’ advice.
Flooding is a serious consequence of hurricanes and unfortunately, so is looting. If you are reluctant to leave your home, have a plan for escaping flash floods.
Look for tall buildings or neighbors’ houses that you can crash into in case a flash flood threat is imminent. Get their phone numbers way ahead of time, so you can notify them if you’re on your way to their location.
Evacuate vulnerable family members particularly the very young, the elderly, those who are sick and have disabilities to a willing friend’s or relative’s home if able members need to stay behind.
Stockpile on Supplies
Buy and prepare your food, bottled water, medicine, and extra batteries, flash light, flares, and whistles, just in case you’ll get stranded for days. Portable butane stoves or solar ovens are perfect equipment to have for cooking since they’ll run even without electricity.
Get the supplies in a high and dry location such as the second floor of your home, attic, or an open spot on your ceiling if you think flooding will occur.
Inflate your boat, if any, and secure it with a rope in an ideal location to prevent it from getting carried by flood water current.
Secure Your Home and other Property
Place all important documents like an insurance policy, IDs, title deeds, etc. in a waterproof safe box or envelope. Ask family members who plan to move to higher ground to bring them. Board your home windows, if possible.
Prepare for Flooding
When you see flood water out in the street, stay indoors. Turn off your main switch to prevent electrocution and fire hazards. Don’t drive through the flood to avoid getting swept away. Remember, even a foot of water can cause your vehicle to lose traction. Don’t stop calling for help if flood water continues to rise.
If you find yourself fleeing despite the water, check out updated information on accessible streets and roads that you have to pass to get to a shelter. Only take recommended routes for safety. If water rises quickly, don’t push it, immediately seek a building or higher ground for safety. Don’t go back home until authorities declare it safe to do so.
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