Thursday, July 1, 2010

Prepare for the worst hurricane in the best way possible

Believe it or not, the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines of the United States are regularly battered by hurricanes – about five on average – about every 3 years.

It is a fact that hurricanes bring about a lot of windy conditions, some of which are as strong as a hundred miles an hour. Hurricanes also come with water surges that reach as high as twenty feet.

Such cyclones are extremely dangerous; therefore preparing for their onslaught, especially during the months of June up until November, is a smart and practical thing to do.

The following are tips and advice you could do to best prepare for the worst situation that could happen when hurricanes come.

Be aware and beware

Understand and know that every hurricane is different. Preparing for possibly the worst is usually the best option as it makes one prepare and become pro active.

Make a list and check it twice

Make a list of all the items found in your backyard or front yard that you think you need to bring inside a hurricane hits. Items you could include in your list are yard tools or lawn furniture.

Trim it

As much as possible, keep shrubbery and trees trimmed. Doing so prevents any unnecessary entanglements brought about by tree branches or the like. Remember what happened during Gustav?

Drain it

As much as possible, ensure that all gutters as well as drains area are appropriately cleared. This is to prevent further flooding, especially during bouts of long and heavy rainfall that usually accompany strong hurricanes.

Use shutters specifically designed for hurricanes

Using permanent shutters for doors and windows is much safer and a better alternative that simply taping all the glass as doing the latter does not in any way prevent the glass’ breakage. You could also protect the window from the outside by using plywood or the shutters.

Plan for an evacuation

As much as possible, develop an evacuation plan. Try to communicate with your local emergency management chapter or Red Cross office.

They may be able to provide you with an evacuation route as well as nearby shelters.

Prepare blankets

Have sleeping bags and blankets ready just in case there is a need to rush to a shelter.

Think about your pets too

Know in advance what you to do to take care of your pets. A lot of animals were abandoned during the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina.

Gather necessary emergency supplies

As much as possible, prepare supplies beforehand. This list of supplies should include flashlights, batteries, a radio, water and food, first aid kits, and a can opener.

Also, turn the temperature on your fridge to the highest setting. The reason for this is when the power goes off, the cool air of your fridge will get to stay a lot longer, thereby preserving your food a lot longer.

Elevate your home and furniture

It is also a good idea to elevate your house especially if hurricanes and flooding are common in your area.

All in all, preparing for the worst is always the best course available. It could save you precious time and energy as well as possibly save your life as well as that of your loved ones.

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