Get Ready for Hurricanes with Emergency Preparedness for Hurricane Season
Natural Disasters Can Happen At Anytime
Emergency Preparedness for Hurricane Season. Each year hurricane season brings the potential for natural disaster. Most people realize the importance of early getting ready. When a storm makes landfall the convection produces strong winds. It is important to understand that the most damaging winds are on the east side of the storm. The winds in most cases are not the only dangerous part, water in the form of tidal surge caused by the force of the wind bring flooding. Hurricane season is upon us once again and it's time to prepare.
The combination of wind and water together cause significant damage to nature and the homes of many in affected areas. Many people become complacent to the dangers. Year after year storms come and go, some cause major damage, while others have minimal effects. Living in storm prone areas where this happens on a regular basis can give people a false sense of security. The key to safety is knowing when a storm is likely to hit and having an emergency plan. Knowing when to leave and where to go can safe your life.
Emergency supplies should be keep on hand at all times. This is not just for storm prone areas, but for all areas of the country. Disaster can strike at anytime whether its a natural or human-created event.
Disaster Planning - Are you ready?
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Easy to prepare with this Grab 'N Go disaster supply kit.
Yes this photo is real - When 32 feet if water subsided it left this boat behind.
After the water from Katrina subsided I witness many amazing sites. This is a photo of a boat that had settled on top of the piling of a hurricane ravaged home. This photo was taken from on Pass Christian Isles, Mississippi from the property where my father's home once stood. Seeing the amazing aftermath of such a catastrophic event, may help you understand the power wind and waters brought by a hurricane.
This is just one of the unbelievable photos I took following Katrina. The impact of this storms lives in my heart and my soul. It was a life changing event, that gave me new insight to the fact that in life its people that matter and not things.
When preparing for a storm there are several things you should keep in mind. Each person needs to have at least a 3 day supplies of potable (drinkable) water and food. When making your disaster kit keep in mind that you food should be non-perishable, easy to transport and lightweight. When disaster strikes many people will not prepare properly, you will need to protect your supplies by keeping them with you at all times.
The local gas station with a mangled car in front of it
Imagine life without anywhere to buy food
Picture Memories of Katrina
Getting Prepared - The Season June 1-November 30
When planning there are several specific things you need to consider. Before you start packing a disaster kit let's go over a few things first.
1. PEOPLE & ANIMALS-humans are the most important consideration for preparation. Each person has needs which are important. You should have water and food enough for 3 days per person. That does not take into consideration a monster storm. In that case you will need more, but the basic rule is 3 days of water and food per person and each pet.
2. CLOTHING-take clothing appropriate for the weather, consider that usually after a major hurricane there will be heavy rains afterward, sometimes up to a week or more. Weather-proof clothing, and boots, as well as everyday clothing, blankets, pillows and linens or sleeping bags. The air mattress is also good in case you need to leave after the storm has begun. It can be used to transport people and food.
3. SUPPLIES-flashlights and batteries, a dual power weather radio make sure it has a crank charging feature, solar phone charger, medications, medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, towels, baby wipes, etc.), waterproof matches and lighters, self-inflating air mattress (in case your bed is damaged or wet when you return home). Entertainment such as board games, cards, and toys for the kids.
4, RECORDS-bring birth certificate for all members of the family, driver licenses, bank account numbers leases, deeds, insurance policies, and any other important documents. Use a permanent magic marker to write the social security numbers of each family member on a covered area of the body. It is also a good idea for adult to list the number of children and disabled family members somewhere on yourself in case you become separated. Your social security number will help to identify you if you are injured or die during the disaster.
5. MOTOR VEHICLES-if you live in a disaster prone area, you should keep you vehicle filled with gasoline at all times. I have known people who have run out of gas before they make it to their shelter destination. At the time of the storm gas station run out of gasoline quickly, and the price will be super inflated. Keep in mind that if you DO NOT evacuate early you may be stuck in traffic for many hours, with limited availability of gasoline.
6. MONEY-have plenty of cash as many hotels and gas stations will only deal in cash during emergencies. Have credit cards available for use, you may find when disaster hits your credit card and debit cards may become locked if you mailing address is in a disaster zone.
There are many other items that you could take with you. The thing that I wished I had taken were more shoes, I only had one pair and I wore them wet for months. You will need to keep these items readily available before disaster strikes. Large plastic storage boxes work well, Keep them packed and ready to go. We always keep a duffle bag packed in the closet for emergency. Be sure to go through it at the beginning of each season and change out items as needed.
Extras: Zipper bags you may need them to keep things dry, plastic shopping bags make a disposable restroom, garbage bag and more.
Our school. The yellow sign says severe injury or death can occur upon entry.
One of the many FEMA parks
People are the most important consideration during a disaster.
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Stock up now before the threat of a hurricane is upon you.. As you know prices rise as disaster nears.
The Home We LOST to an angry woman named Katrina
My Home Hurricane Katrina
My Home After Katrina
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If a storm comes - What will you do?
Unlike many natural disaster hurricanes generally ride a predictable path. When a hurricane is imminent you will know well in advance approximately where it will make landfall. Preparedness is the key. How will you fare?
When a hurricane is imminet in your area, will you stay or evacuate?
Each year people are affected by the devastation of natural disasters. There is nowhere in the world immune from potential natural or man-made events.