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Disaster Preparedness: Hurricane Disaster Plan

Hurricane Disaster Plan

 

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are one of the greatest forms of natural disaster to strike America.

The United States coastline is hit by five hurricanes every three years on average, causing major problems for people, property and whole communities.

The one good thing about hurricanes is that there is usually plenty of warning that a hurricane is on its way which means that you have time to prepare. 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 important for all types of disaster preparedness (not just hurricanes). You can purchase a hurricane survival kit here.

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

The two most dangerous parts of a hurricane are the torrential rain which can cause flooding and the high winds which can cause property damage, injuries by flying items, and more. Before the storm arrives, take care of the following:

  • Bring Items Inside: Outside furniture, trampolines, potted plants, hanging plants, toys, and bicycles can all become deadly projectiles in hurricane-force winds. Bring everything you can inside and tie down anything you can’t.
  • Trim Your Trees: Hurricanes can break off weak tree limbs and hurl them around at great speed, causing injuries and property damage. Keep all trees and shrubbery well trimmed, especially those closest to your house.
  • Take Necessary Precautions: If you’re in an area that is likely to be hit hard, make sure you install hurricane shutters and batten down the hatches. You don’t want a window to break and for flood waters or flying glass to be strewn all over your home.
  • Strengthen the Garage: 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.

 

Keep Yourself Informed

Unlike some other natural disasters, there is often several days of warning before a hurricane hits so make sure that you are kept up to date with all of the latest information. Watch your local news and listen to the weather on the radio. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service can provide you with immediate updates on the storm.

If you are advised to evacuate your property then follow your evacuation plans and leave immediately.

If you are advised to stay, try to follow these tips:

  • Take refuge in the safest area of your home — on the first floor if possible.
  • Keep away from windows, glass doors and skylights, even if they have hurricane covers.
  • Make sure that there are as many walls as possible between your family and the hurricane.
  • Stay low under a sturdy table or other structure that will prevent you from falling objects.

 


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