Preparing for a Hurricane

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Natural Disasters | 0 comments

Everyone is not entirely safe of hurricanes, especially because of rising sea levels and climate change, and how these things help in the formation of more devastating storms. For this reason, everyone should be well-prepared in the event of a hurricane disaster, both for the safety of their selves and families.

Before

Preparing before the hurricane itself is arguably the most important, because it can make or break your safety during the event. Below are some of the things you can do:

  • Prepare a safety kit, including food, water, and other supplies you may need, especially if an evacuation has been announced
  • Secure communication devices, such as mobile phones to talk to your loved ones and radios and batteries to stay updated to local authorities
  • Fill up your car’s gas tank
  • Bring inside the items outside the house that can be taken by the wind, such as bicycles
  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices

During

Staying alert during the hurricane is the most crucial part of your safety in the event of a hurricane. Below are some of the things you can do to maximize alertness:

  • Avoid getting out of the house or traveling, unless local authorities have commanded an evacuation
  • Always have the radio on to know what is currently happening in your area
  • Turn off utilities, such as electricity and gas, to avoid accidents
  • Store water into your bathtub, so you have water just in case it is cut off

After

Even though the danger of the hurricane is already gone, there may still be hazards around you. Below are some of the things you can do to ensure your safety:

  • Avoid using tap water because of possible contamination
  • If you evacuated, do not go back into the house unless local authorities have said that it is safe
  • Look for structural damages in the house, especially in the walls and wooden parts
  • Take pictures to document the destruction

Documenting is particularly important for those with insurance, to make their claim stronger. According to the website of K2 Consulting & Services, LLC, there may also be times where insurance companies don’t really give their clients what they truly deserve, so you have that to watch out for as well.

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