Hurricane Emergency Preparedness
The East Coast has recently been dealt a hard blow from Hurricane Sandy leaving thousands of people with major wind and flood damage, and more are still without power weeks after the storm. Hurricane Sandy became the perfect storm as it developed far off shore and had a course that curved up the coast up to the north. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, it was high tide washing more sea water up and far into the coast. Making things more difficult, the northern coast isn’t familiar with hurricanes unlike the Gulf Coast, catching citizens off guard. Hurricanes are predicted in advance, giving you an advantage against the impeding hurricane.
- 72- Hour Kit - Prepare a 72-Hour Kit for everyone in your home. 72-Hours is the minimum time frame that you need to be self-reliant before relief comes to help re-supply you and your family.
- Food Storage - We would recommend as well, that you should have an emergency supply of food for one to two weeks. Due to the damaged stores and streets, hurricane victims are finding that they do not have access to stores to replenish their supply of food. When the power goes out for days on end, eat what food that you have in your refrigerator first before it goes bad. Eat your dry goods and non-perishables second. Fill up your bathtub with clean drinking water before the storm.
- Emergency Plan - Make an emergency plan with your family. Plan a meeting place. Learn how to shut off gas, propane, and water valves in your home.
- Pets in Emergencies - Bring your pets with you. In a hurricane, most familiar landmarks and smells have been washed away and pets will lose their way and become lost. For your animals protection and others protection, take them with you.
- Evacuation Routes - In advance to the storm, find the evacuation route out of your area.
- Protect Your Home - Plan to secure and protect your property.
- Reinforcements and Shutters - Install reinforced hurricane shutters on your windows or board up your windows with 5/8” marine plywood to protect them.
- Garage - Reinforce your garage door. If your garage is flooded it may cause major damage and danger to your home.
- House Roof - Apply straps or reinforcements to your roof to secure it properly in place. High winds may cause extreme damage to your roof if you don’t.
- Rain Gutters - Clean out all rain gutters and pipes around your home.
- Flashlights - Check all batteries in your flashlights.
- Full Tank - Make sure that you have a full tank of gas in your car.
- Know the Danger- Know the danger of levees or rivers in your area and if there’s potential flooding. If your home is located on lower ground, there will be an increased chance of flooding.
- Sandbags - Seal off your windows and bottoms of doors to block incoming water and debris. Use sandbags to block your property from the incoming water.
- Outdoor Furniture - Move all outdoor furniture and anything that is not tied down, inside your home.
- Backup Generator - With the power outage, people are having a hard time with cleanup efforts and everyday tasks. Install a backup generator to keep going and do what you need to do.
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