Disaster Preparedness: Hurricane Disaster Plan

Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico near i...

Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico near its peak Category 5 intensity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hurricanes are one of the greatest forms of natural disaster to strike America. TheĀ United States coastline is hit by, on average, five hurricanes every three years, causing major problems for people, property and whole communities. The one good thing about hurricanes (well, not good exactly, but you know what I mean) is that there is usually plenty of warning that a hurricane is on it’s way, which is why you need a hurricane disaster plan so that you can move into action quickly and help to protect your home and your family.

The first and very important part of your hurricane disaster plan is to have a disaster supplies kit on hand, which is actually important for all types of disaster preparedness, not just hurricanes. You need at least a weeks supply of non-perishable food (canned foods are good) plus plenty of bottled water at home, plus around 3 days worth ready in an evacuation kit for if you have to leave in a hurry.

Hurricane Disaster Plan – Protect Your Property

  • Bring in everything from outside which could be picked up and hurled by the strong winds, garden furniture, bicycles, pot plants . . .
  • Keep all trees and shrubbery well trimmed, especially those which are close to your house. Hurricanes can break off weak limbs and hurl them around at great speed.
  • Install hurricane shutters, and batten down the hatches.
  • Strengthen your garage door, this is often the weakest point of your house and if the hurricane gets in there it good lift off your roof and destroy the rest of your house.

As I’ve already said, there’s often lots of warning that a hurricane is coming, so make sure that you are kept up to date with all of the latest information, whether it’s on the TV, the radio, it’s a great idea to listen to a NOAA weather radio if you have one (and if you don’t have one, get one). If you are advised to evacuate your property then go immediately, if you are advised to stay then stay in the safest area of your home, probably on the first floor if possible, keep away from windows, glass doors and skylights, even if they have hurricane covers. Make sure that there as many walls between you and the hurricane as possible, stay down low, under a sturdy table is a good place, or other structure which will help to protect you from falling objects.

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