Tips for Surviving a Hurricane

Hurricanes are incredibly strong and powerful, and in some cases, not only are they life-threatening, but they can cost billions in property damage, and the largest disaster of 2012 was hurricane sandy, costing $65 billion in terms of damage. While they do vary in strength, they can be quite worrisome. Usually, those over a three can be a bit much, such as in the case of hurricane Katrina.  Knowing how you can prepare yourself and others for this type of hurricane can help with limiting the damage, and also keeping you nice and safe.

These are often commonly referred to as cyclones and typhoons abroad, but they’re basically storms that cause flooding, rains, high winds, and heavy surf.  Usually, these can vary in power.

To prepare for this, you need to know beforehand when they may hit.  Usually, the national weather service is very on point with these, and if they issue a hurricane warning, it means that it’s coming.  You should make sure that you have gas, water, and power all shut off, and store everything in emergency packages, and make sure that you fill up sinks and bathtubs with water as necessary. Make sure that the driveway and lawn are free of debris and larger items. Close all of the windows and cover them with plywood or storm shutters, and make sure your car is packed with fuel and a medical kit.

When it does strike, you can either evacuate, or if you can’t, you can remain in your home. If you choose to sit tight, you should seek out a part of the house above the floodline that doesn’t have windows, and in a pinch, you can always go to the bathtub for shelter. You should make sure that the power is off, and use a radio to keep track of everything. Always stay out of the storm until you get the all-clear message.

Next, after it’s all over, make sure that you wear waterproof clothing and shoes, and refrain from plugging in appliances until you’ve checked with your utility company, and don’t turn on power either. Always avoid standing water when you can, and steer clear of any dangerous downed power lines or debris.  Floods can also increase the likelihood of the disease spreading, so make sure that you retain personal hygiene, and if you can, seek out the immunizations for yourself, and for others.

While the three or above hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, if you know the basics and are prepared, you can keep yourself and others safe whenever disaster hits. By making sure that you do this, you can increase your chances of actually surviving these disasters, and in turn, you’ll be able to, with the right preparedness, prevent the worst from happening, and save not just yourself, but others as well, so it is in your best interests to be prepared for these as much as you can, and take caution when there is a warning.