Practicing Hurricane Safety

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone storm that can cause massive amounts of damage. The high winds from hurricanes picking up and carrying debris, at times for long distances, causing damage and risk of injury. Hurricanes also can cause rain and flooding. Overall it is an intense storm that can ruin anyone’s home or business. Hurricane Katrina is one of the most recent examples of what damage a hurricane can cause, leaving thousands of people homeless from the damage. Knowing how damaging these hurricanes can be it is important to note some tips on how to practice hurricane safety and prepare for a possible hurricane.

Know Your Area

Find out details about where you live and whether you can be at risk for such a damaging storm. You can find more information on national weather sites and figure out what locals have in place for hurricane emergencies. Know where to go and who to consult. It’s important to also consider the geography of you are. Where are the locations most likely to flood and be hit the hardest? What buildings are by you that may have debris that could be ripped off and damage or endanger you and your loved ones?

Have an Emergency Plan

It’s important to enact an emergency plan when practicing proper hurricane safety and build an emergency kit. Sitting down with the whole household is important to preparing for a hurricane. Know where you will go in an emergency and how you will get in contact with one another. Make sure to enact a plan where

you know where to go in the event of an evacuation. Develop an emergency kit as well. Put together an emergency kit to ensure that you have the right resources. This can include flashlights, generators, water, food, medical supplies among other things you think you may need in the event of an emergency.

During a Hurricane

The first step is to turn off the electricity to avoid electrocution during a flood. Board up the windows and loose items to avoid damage. Listen for sirens and know when to evacuate. Avoid leaving and driving through flooded areas. Take shelter in a sturdy building and avoid open areas, beaches, or boats. If you are in a car and driving in heavy rain, pull to the side and turn on your emergency lights. If the water is rising swiftly, get out to move to higher ground. Listen to authorities for updates and where to go that is safe. Beware of returning after to gather belongings and wear some type of respirator to avoid unknown exposure.

Make your Home Hurricane Ready

Hurricanes are a destructive and powerful force. However, it is possible to get your house prepared to reduce damage and risk of injury. Secure your home by covering all your home windows with plywood, buying supplies, and being ready and prepared before the hurricane. However, realistically hurricanes may come on quickly and you may not have time to board up your home. It’s best to stay prepared and save money by getting permanent buildout Crimsafe Hurricane Debris Screens.

 

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