Harvey took it’s toll on Texas and Louisiana and then some. The flooding was horrendous, and so many of the residents of Houston will have different lives forever as a result. Homes were completely destroyed by the thousands. The death toll is still being counted, and the property damage will go down in history. This season has definitely been full of peril. Even now as Irma rears it’s ugly head and casts a dark shadow over Florida, Jose is gearing up right behind her. Meteorologists haven’t jumped to conclusions on Jose, but the appearance of another hurricane seemingly set on the exact same path as Irma is worrisome to say the least. The dread is palpable through the east coast, as residents clean the shelves of local grocery stores and prepare to batten down the hatches for the coming destruction. The tension in waiting for the largest hurricane ever to come from the Atlantic has led many to prepare. We’ve some pointers below to help assist your preparation.
The first thing you should think of is an escape route. If you have the ability to leave the area Irma is heading towards (nearly all of Florida) you should. Most will probably stay, because it’s difficult to leave your home where you’ve lived for years up to it’s fate. However, there’s nothing you can really do to stop the hurricane from destroying your home. It’s a sad truth, but it’s exactly that, the truth. If you aren’t leaving your home, still be prepared to evacuate in the case of an unexpected emergency. The breach of a supporting wall in your home could cause significant danger. The threat of losing your life is real during Irma, especially if you’re on the shoreline or near it.
If you’re staying, there’s till some prep work you can do in order to ensure you minimize potential risks and maximize potential comfort. First, make sure you secure any outside property that become flyaway debris. This includes trash cans, garden tools, flower pots, wind chimes, and trees. The trees are a key element of preparation. Often times tree limbs or fallen entire trees will be the most dangerous element of high winds during hurricanes.
Second, if you have a generator remember to keep fresh gas to fuel it. If you don’t have a generator, be sure to grab a small one if you can. A small amount of electricity can be invaluable in case of injury to call for assistance or to have lights in case the power goes out. Placement of a generator is important, make sure it’s safe and dry. If you can keep it in a secure location of the garage, it’ll be safe there.
Third, make sure you have all the necessary items. This includes first aid kits, food, water, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, etc. If you don’t think you’ll use one of these items, great. It’s still better to have the necessary preparation kit and not have to use it than it is to need one and not have it. One item most might not think of is a radio. You’ll need a radio in order to tune in to news reports in case the power goes out and you don’t have access to television. When the storm has passed your area, don’t go out in to the street until it’s been reported safe. Everyone should stay in doors until the all clear has been given, as the situations after the hurricane can be just as dangerous or even more so as during. Call friends and family, ensure their safety and wait out the rest of the danger.
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