There is nothing anyone can do when nature decides to leash out its fury. There is no way to stop it. Therefore, people should brace for the worse and seek shelter.
Those who live in the coastal communities can expect to be battered by hurricanes. This happens between the months of June until November in the Atlantic and from May to November in the northern Pacific Ocean.
In order to minimize the loss of life, most towns and cities have created emergency plans. Sirens are placed in strategic locations to announce a major evacuation; the emergency broadcast system is in place in the event that power and electricity has been cut off as well as stockpiles of food, water and medicine.
When a hurricane is first spotted on radar, the forecaster will begin to inform the public about it. There is no need yet to panic here since the weather conditions may change in the next few hours and days, but if there are no improvements, it is time to activate emergency procedures.
People will rush to the supermarket to stock up on food, water and other essentials. These include candles, batteries for the radio and the flashlight as well as fuel for the generator. I recommend you should stock up these items long before any emergency emerges.
The hurricane may pack winds exceeding more than a 100 miles per hour that can make cars, pieces of metal or wood cause severe damage to the home. Most households are familiar with boarding up the windows and doors of the house with hurricane shutters and plywood.
You can likely expect power outages caused by downed trees and power lines. Hurricane Dorian produced sustained winds at 180 MPH and there were some reports of winds exceeding 200 MPH. Power outages not only affects individual households, but also the infrastructure in the area. Water pumps can fail preventing them from pumping sewage and water. Emergency services can be negatively impacted by power outages as well with lost communications.
While wind damage seems to get most of the press, more deadly is the flooding caused by the storm surge.
Everyone who live in the household can rehearse the emergency preparedness plan to see if some improvements need to be made. Once the hurricane strikes will be too late to prepare as you’ll have no choice but to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. The aftermath of the storm can last much longer than the storm itself so you had better be prepared to sustain you and your family without all the conveniences you’re accustomed to.
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How to Prepare for Hurricanes, Power Outages, Nor’easters, and Other Storm-related Emergencies
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Should the incoming hurricane be classified as a category 4 or 5, residents are advised to evacuate and seek higher ground.
Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely.
- For those who live in hurricane prone areas, you’re advised to know your evacuation zone.
- You should have a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate or re-locate to a shelter. You may need more supplies for traveling longer distances if you have a personal vehicle.
- It will be a good idea to travel light so only a few pieces of clothing, food and water must be brought into the vehicle.
- The citizens are also advised to drive slowly and avoid panicking since this could cause accidents on the road.
- Always follow the instructions of local officials.
The hurricane will pass within a few hours and people will begin to return to their homes and see how much damage was done.
It is only after assessing the damage that towns and cities can say whether the emergency preparedness procedures that were sent in place were effective or not. One indication that it works is if no casualties are reported. This is because a house or even a building can be repaired but the life of an individual can never be replaced.
Emergency preparedness is key to ensure the survival of everyone present. People who live through this annually know what to do but those who are moving into the community should learn fast to be able to survive the onslaught of the hurricane.