While making a decision about moving to the new location, one of the things that have to be taken into consideration is to see how often the area is hit by disasters. Houston had been considered an area with no history of disasters until recently when Hurricane Harvey hit the area. This hurricane changed the perceptions of people about Houston.
During that disaster situation, people had to make their way through completely flooded streets. People were using rafts and air mattresses to carry their kids, belongings and pets to escape the area.
Although the disaster was quite rare, it caused huge amount of damage. There was three feet of raining during three days. Majority of areas got flooded and there was a significant damage to 100,000 homes of the area.
It was quite surprising forFEMA officials and people Houston that most of the personal injuries happened to the people outside of the flood plains in Texas. The injuries and deaths happened when people got trapped in their homes and cars. As a result, many of the people died and many were injured in an attempt to get out of the cars and homes.
The reason we are talking about Hurricane Harvey is that it caught the people off guard. Many people were not expecting any kind of emergency situation until they found themselves in a situation which turned out to be fatal for many.If they would have prepared themselves for this situation beforehand, they would not have to do anything other than getting out of the area safely.
The first thing that people can do to prepare themselves for such situations is to sign up for the text alerts from government agencies which tell about the occurrence of disasters and emergencies. There are several mobile phones apps which display information about the disasters before they occur.
Another thing that you will have to pay attention to is the preparation of an emergency survival kit. The size of this kit mainly depends upon the number of people evacuating the home and the area.This survival kit needs to include everything which can help a family to survive the displacement. Foods, first aid, tools to make fire, flashlights, necessary utensils to make foods and a number of other related items are the necessary elements which need to be present in an emergency survival kit.
You also need to map out the emergency evacuation routes and add this information to the survival kit. Information about the alternative routes is important because main roads often get gridlocked when there is an immense amount of traffic trying to get out of the affected areas.
Remember, the only thing that can help you during a weather emergency or earthquake is preparedness. Make sure that you are fully prepared to get out of the area along with your family, pets and those belongings which you cannot afford to leave behind.