Though the weather forecasting tools are advancing year after another, people are still at high risk of hurricanes due to the continued building along coastlines. A hurricane is a strong storm that carries along hazardous results like flooding and surges that pose a threat to our lives. Prior preparations before it gets out of hand are hence important! In the piece below, we break down some of the basic measures you can take to curb hurricanes.
Develop an evacuation plan
An evacuation plan should top your list if you want to handle any storm. Storm surges is a result of storms that causes heightened rise of water levels up to 20 feet. The surge can trail many miles off the coastline. The water covers up houses hence prompting evacuation to higher ground areas. Once the weatherman drops a hurricane alert. Avoid delay! Respond immediately and scheme the evacuation plan to ensure you are safe.
Make sure you equip yourself.
Before any hurricane report, make sure you stock yourself with all necessities. An emergency kit is the most valued package at the dark moment of a hurricane. The kit should be fully packed with basic needs to sustain you and your family for on average at least three days. The commodities include; food, water, blankets and clothing. Some other items though not fundamental should also feature in this kit. This include; a first aid kit, flashlight equipped with batteries, hand crank radio, A whistle to communicate in instances of help, a local map among others.
Ensure you are fully insured.
You may own a lot of property. From your vehicle right through to your homes. An insurance policy is the only sure way to reduce risks of the same. Whether you are living along the coastline or not, ensure you communicate to your insurance package provider. If you have an expired package ensure you renew and if you are yet to buy one make sure you purchase flood insurance. This will help in compensation in case significant damage is caused by the floods resulted from the hurricane.
Have copies of vital documents.
Hurricanes are a disaster, and its level of damage is unknown. Just like fire most of your documents can be compromised by a hurricane. It is important that you make copies of documents like your academic certificates and some other documents like house ownership. In case anything happens to your home you can claim ownership. You should store the copies in an emergency kit.
Safeguard your homes.
Some of our homes are not fit to endure a hurricane. After a hurricane alert, ensure you do thorough inspection of your house to make sure it has no damage that could be chronic after a hurricane. For instance, if your roof is damaged this becomes a loophole for high winds to destroy your roof ultimately.
Ensure you backup your electronics.
Ensures you put aside extra chargers and batteries during hurricanes. In case you are using a computer ensure you backup additional data in an external source since it can crash during a hurricane.
Safety begins with you. How well you protect yourself will determine how safe you are.