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Get Ready for Hurricanes with Emergency Preparedness for Hurricane Season

Updated on June 7, 2016

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?

Don't be left without supplies.

Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack
Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack

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

The local gas station with a mangled car in front of it
The local gas station with a mangled car in front of it

Imagine life without anywhere to buy food

Imagine life without anywhere to buy food
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.

Our school. The yellow sign says severe injury or death can occur upon entry.
Our school. The yellow sign says severe injury or death can occur upon entry.

One of the many FEMA parks

One of the many FEMA parks
One of the many FEMA parks

Don't Forget!

People are the most important consideration during a disaster.

Order supplies early when disaster strikes you need to be prepared - Don't be without these items

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

My Home After Katrina
My Home After Katrina

The Grundig Weather Radio - The Best radio Around! When disaster strike don't be left in the dark.

This is the best investment a family in any region of the world needs. IT CAN SAVE YOU LIFE! The Grundig radio saved our life, it can be plugged in, charged it runs on battery, when the battery is down it can be hand cranked for power. Isn't your families welfare worth the investment?

Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The most powerful radio built for emergencies.


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See how your answers compare.

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?

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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.

Hurricane Katrina

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? - Will you be prepared when emergency strikes?

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      5 years ago

      Great lens! Nearest thing I've experienced to a natural disaster is a severe ice storm...power out for days. Make sure you've got batteries...

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      5 years ago

      An excellent lens and a sad story of your home, but like all things can be replaced. Glad you are with us, we survived Katrina as well but with almost no damage compared to yours. Thank you again for taking the time and your writing is reflected in the fact that you received the Purple Star for this lens, congratulations.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      These are really great tips- I hope I never need them!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      No, I'm fortunate that I have never experienced a natural disaster.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens! I've recently started on the road to preparedness for my family and I ... not for the end of the world stuff, but for exactly these types of natural disasters. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, I was actually in Mexico City in 1985 when the earthquake hit. Perhaps the most impressive thing went beyond the shere destruction, and that was the way ordinary people were heroic as they helped others.

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      5 years ago

      Very good lens. My husband is from Hattiesburg, MS. We went down to see the damage about 6 months after it happened. It was devastating. We, too, saw a number of small boats still hanging in the trees. I would love to go back and see how it all looks now. Being prepared is really what everyone no matter where they live should really consider doing!

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Well written and informative lens...the need for an emergency plan is paramount.

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      Good lens. I grew up in New Orleans and we always evacuated.

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      5 years ago

      One of us having worked at a 911 center during a hurricane, applaud you for your lens. You know well from experience how important this information is.

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      5 years ago

      Good information. Thank you. I grew up in an earthquake zone and I now live in hurricane territory. No matter where you live, there is a chance for disaster. Always good to be prepared.

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      5 years ago

      My jaw dropped when I heard about it...and it still does. I am very sorry for the loss of your home. We can't forget these things, we need to be reminded. Good info, and good advice.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      After 8 1/2 years in Florida, I'm preparing to move to Pennsylvania, but so many of these tips are applicable even there (Umm...Sandy?). All of what you say is absolutely true. I survived Charley, Wilma, Jeanne, Frances, Bertha (1996), and a few Tropical Storms while in Florida. Being prepared and being SMART will save lives.

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      5 years ago

      Good article but a few suggestions from our own experience...

      Once the storm hits, the power usually is out, and it can be out several hundred miles inland. Without power, there's no gas. Gasoline pumps require electric. We were living about a day's drive inland and many people from the coast landed in our town. The storm, I can't remember the name offhand, was the big one that hit in 1989 or 1990. We were hit hard despite being so far inland; the coastal areas were fairly unscathed. The power was out for two days. The evacuees from the coast couldn't go home. They were stranded in our hotels without power.

      I think most people don't understand about just how much water is required. It seems like a lot but everyone should have at least a gallon of water per day per person. It's amazing how much more you drink during a hurricane's aftermath - probably because of the heat and the hard work of cleaning up.

      Also, we learned which canned goods we can eat out of the can. Canned spaghetti rings aren't too bad but chicken soup is pretty yuck and we were divided on canned baked beans. The worst was when we tried Ramen noodles reconstituted with cold water - grossest thing we ever ate during a storm. lol

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      5 years ago

      I have been in a tornado before, great lens

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I survived Ike and Alicia. Katrina scared me to death even though it was a few states away. I have family in Ms. This is a really good list. I'm book marking it to come back to as I start beefing up our preparations for this season. The only thing I can think of to add is bug spray. The mesquites come out with a vengeance a day or so later. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your home was lovely. While I have not lived there for over 20 years, there's no place like Ms.

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      5 years ago from Canada

      Well we don't get hurricanes where I live, but I listened to the weather warnings prior to the Ice Storm that hit in 1998 and froze water in plastic bottles and placed them in the half freezer and the freezer of the fridge and we were able to maintain all of our food. I'm sorry about your home and it was so lovely.

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      E L Seaton 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      I've done both, but in a pre-Katrina storm while living in Gautier, I evacuated with friends to the Jackson area. I normally play amateur weather guesser along with the pros. I do not wait for major storms(CAT 4/5). Too much risk. CONGRATS on the purple star!! COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      5 years ago

      Leave it to Mother Nature to put things into perspective for us! Sorry for the loss of your home. When we lived in the Philippines we experienced many typhoons (what they call a hurricane). We lived in a cement block house with a flat roof and a 4' wall all around and a door leading to it. Nice place to relax; it had drains, but not nearly enough to keep up with drainage in a typhoon. Prior to our coming, residents of the house had to bail the roof during each storm. During a particularly bad storm with a lot of lightening and rain we were not about to go out on that roof, having lost a friend to lightening strike just a year previous! When the storm was over our roof was quite deep in water and nearly coming over the threshold into the house! First thing we did was have holes punched in the bottom of that wall to allow the water to drain from the roof naturally! I just published my first Squidoo lens

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      5 years ago

      Very informative article.

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      5 years ago

      Your home was beautiful and I'm sorry for your loss.

      I live in New York and was displaced for six months after Hurricane Sandy. The flooding ruined a lifetime of collecting. Coming to terms with the loss is an ongoing process but it's getting better. I have been home for awhile now and I'm starting to feel at home again.

      Thank you for a great lens. I'm bookmarking this.


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      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful home. I never take anything for granted anymore. Knowledge is good it can be the most helpful in devastating situations. The real lost for me is to lose a loved one that to me is the ultimate suffering. I am glad that you are still here to tell your story.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      The pictures of your home are heartbreaking. When my British father moved from Michigan to North Carolina he had to get to grips with hurricane season real fast. There was plenty to learn and neighbors were great in offering advice. This makes a great gift list for people moving to hurricane prone areas.

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      Deborah Carr 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      When we lived in Texas, our neighborhood was hit by three tornadoes. Then, when we were vacationing in Galveston, we rode out Hurricane Chantal. We didn't plan to ride it out. However, by the time we realized that a hurricane was moving in, it was too late to evacuate. We have had a lifetime worth of natural disasters! I was happy to give this article my "blessing." Everyone needs to be prepared for a disaster. We live in California, now, where they say a major earthquake is long overdue.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very useful lens to prepare for a hurricane from someone who has experienced it firsthand. I can't imagine what you and your family, and everyone else experienced during Katrina's devastation. After all these years, hope things have been restored for you. Stay blessed!

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      5 years ago

      I have never been in a bad disaster, but while living in CA, I always had my emergency goods, and changed the items out periodically and as the children went from babies to teens.

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      5 years ago

      I lived through Hurricane Katrina too. I rode it out at my mom's house north of I-10 in Gulfport, MS. She has a business in Pass Christian too. We've stayed for some hurricanes since then too, like Isaac last year, but I have no desire to ride out something as strong as Katrina again!

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      5 years ago from U.S.

      Luckily I don't live in an area with hurricanes, but we do get other bad weather (heavy thunderstorms, the occasional tornado). You have good advice for products for any natural disaster!


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