The most costly hurricane ever found in the Atlantic record books was Hurricane Katrina, striking the coastline of Louisiana on August 2005, while causing property damages of up to $108 billion. It is not much of a surprise that ahead landfall, they cause way too much damage and destruction beyond control and redemption. Even when the hurricane has yet to craft landfall, its effects can be too dangerous to ignore.
Hurricanes are rigorous tropical and humid storms forming in the Gulf of Mexico, southern Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and at the Eastern Pacific Ocean. They congregate heat and energy through warm ocean waters. Moreover, evaporation taking place at the seawater further increases its potency to cause damages. When making landfall along the coastline, a hurricane brings more than its intensely powerful and destructive winds ashore. When hurricanes come onto land, their heavy rain, strong winds, and large waves can damage buildings, trees, and cars. Hurricanes also are responsible for a range of weather impacts, from storm surge and flooding caused by heavy rains to tornadoes. Flying debris and flood from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
NOAA is predicting eight to thirteen storms during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. 3 to 6 of these storms could become hurricanes, with 1 or 2 being expected as extremely dangerous and destructive. Have you thought of the destruction the hurricane would bring if you don’t prepare for it today? Do you know the warning signs of the foremost hurricanes? Have you learn the potential steps that you need to take for securing yourself, and your family from the utmost damage it might come along? If not, you need to start preparing to take actions, for the sole purpose of safety, today. With the necessity to learn ways to ensure safety, Crisis prevention and restoration for business is here to help you take initiatives in order to save lives of your beloved ones and prepare for a hurricane beforehand.
What can be done before the Hurricane strikes?
With hurricane come immense damages. Endangering the lives of the family, hurricane calls for taking radical steps to ensure life protection. The first step that helps in preparing for the impending hurricane is to analyze the place you live in and the area around it. Identifying if the area is flood prone or have dams and levees around can give you a rough idea of what protective measures needs to be taken with regard to the risks. Knowing the surroundings adds extra benefit to the protection plan you make with respect to the impending hurricanes. However, in any community, situational awareness is consider to be more of a mindset then hard skills that a person may need to encounter unforeseen situations. Making sure that the trees and shrubs around the place you live in are well trimmed can ensure that there is no additional risk of them falling down and causing further damages during a hurricane. Observe clues in the surrounding that can help you foresee a weather threat such as a Hurricane.
Installing permanent storm shutters in your homes can help reduce the damages that otherwise can potentially harm you and your family. Remember to install generators for the emergencies as a hurricane can most like cause electricity supply breakout. With all the necessary steps taken for protection, the most important is to know the emergency community evacuation routes and ways to get there. Hurricanes can be as likely as unpredictable at the same time; in such a situation knowing the emergency evacuation routes is important as other protective measures can fail anytime before or during the course of a hurricane.
Next to knowing the surrounding and ensuring safety, comes emergency supplies. Emergency supplies or Emergency Preparedness Kits contain water supply, food, flashlights, basic medicines, first aid kits, extra batteries and survival tools and equipments necessarily required for at least 3 days. Emergency preparedness kits ensure that you have everything needed for the safe survival until the situation becomes favorable.
Keep yourself up to date with the weather forecast and listen to the hurricane watch and warnings which identifies a situation being indicative of an impending hurricane. Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage.
What can be done during the course of a Hurricane?
Knowing that you are under a course of potent hurricane is panicking in itself. However taking some necessary steps can either save you from the potential damages. Following are some of the steps amongst all.
- Keep yourself well informed of the weather forecast to know the conditions in your surroundings.
- Close the permanent storm shutters in order to prevent any indoor damage that can be cause by the Hurricane or surge storms.
- Avoid using telephone unless it is immensely important to use the phone.
- Secure your car and boat in the garage if there is time and make sure that the garage is supported enough to hold the storm outside.
- Keep water supplies in bathrooms for sanitary purposes
- Keep food supplies in any way possible for the food to not get rotten for a few days. It is preferable to keep food items that do not rot early.
- Make sure that you do not run short of emergency kits during a hurricane
- If you are in a building, stay on a lower floor while high wind is blowing because wind conditions increase with height. However during flooding caused by the hurricane stay on the floor safely above the flooding and wave effects
- Keep the curtains and blinds closed and lock all the doors.
- Reside in a small interior room
- Stay calm under a table or bed or lay down if there is a greater risk posed by the hurricane.
- If the situation worsens, evacuation may require gathering everyone at one place, and then looking for the nearest escape routes.
- Evacuate to the community evacuation center if the local authorities says so. However if you live near the coast, in a shackle or a high rise building, there is a greater risk for the damage and evacuation needs to be done as soon as possible.
- While evacuating, do not forget to take the basic necessary items with you such as money or emergency kits if the situation permits you to.
What can be done after the Hurricane?
It is of no surprise that subsequent rainfall and flooding follows after the hurricane strikes. Making sure that you do everything for yours and your family’s safety after the hurricane is as important as it is before and during the hurricane. If you have evacuated already due to the hurricane, it is crucial to stay up to date with the NOAA weather forecast. Weather forecast during disaster serves as the most important and only source of information that can enable the survivors to know situation in the surroundings. Avoid returning home unless the weather forecast or other local authorities say that it’s safe to return to a particular area you live in. However, if the condition remains unfavorable and immediate shelter is required, do not delay in contacting shelter home agencies which aims at providing shelter to the disaster survivors.
Drive only if necessary and stay away from damage roads and sewerage gutters as they can be a source of hazard due to heavy rainfall and hurricane. Watch out for downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks. Walk vigilantly around the outside of your place and check for loose-fitting power lines and structural damage before wandering. Hurricanes can most likely contaminate water thus infecting the food cooked with such contaminated water for used for other purposes. Making sure that the water is not contaminated before using it for any sort of purpose can help reduce the after effects. One way to make sure the water is pure enough is to use a Life Straw. It is a filter used by people to drink water as it ensures the water is purified and safe to drink. Life Straw is though small tube with specific filters within a life straw, the person put one end in water often not filtered and sucks the resultant clean water up all the way through to the top.
Inspect your home for gas or water leakage and other damages that can be claimed over insurance. Evacuate the place immediately if the damage is beyond temporary repair and posses a much greater risk for safety.
However, emergency situations are unforeseen and pose a greater threat to the lives of people nowadays. In order to better deal with the disasters as powerful and dominating as hurricanes, action plans and response strategies have become immensely important. In order to prevent your family from suffering adverse disaster consequences, contact Crisis Prevention and Business Restoration for consultancy by calling us at: 415.891.9107 or email us at: CPR4BIZ@gmail.com