Hurricanes are common along the Coasts of the United States. Some years are more active than others. Predicting which year will be more active than another has proved to be very difficult. The national hurricane center tries every year to predict how active of a year it will be, but is wrong many times. It is wise and important for you and your family to know how to prepare for a hurricane no matter what the experts are saying this season is going to be like. Whether you live in Florida, on the East Coast, or California, on the West Coast, hurricane preparedness is something you should take seriously before the threat arises. It can make the difference between life and death.
Hurricane preparedness tips
If your region is advised or ordered to evacuate, you need to be ready to go. That means everything has to be ready before the order comes. Many hurricane survivors have said that they hesitated to evacuate because the sky was blue, and everything looked fine. Now they say get ready and stay ready. You want to be in the front of the line and well on your way before the sky gets dark. Always evacuate as early as possible, it can make the difference between safely exiting, or being trapped and unable to flee the approaching hurricane.
Many people said the reason they stayed in their homes even when it was dangerous was to protect their houses from looting. Their advice now? Load up people, pets, and papers and go. Things can be replaced. The death of a family member is irreversible. Looters can only take “stuff”. Your family members are irreplaceable.
Never, ever leave your pets behind. Ensure you have at least a 3 day supply of food, water, and medicine ready at all times. Keep pet transport crates assembled and packed with a warm blanket and clean bowls. You should also have a pet bug out bag already assembled lying by the crate. Make sure your pet is microchipped so that if they get away from you, you’ll be able to reunite quickly. Also, shelters will know the pet belongs to someone and isn’t a stray. It could save their life.
Keep a supply of cash in denominations of $5, $10 and $20 in your emergency supplies. You won’t be able to use a credit card and in an emergency situation, money talks.
People found out the hard way that you can’t go without clean water for long. Keep at least 3 days worth of water in your bug out bag. About 16 ounces a day for each person. Pouches of emergency water take up little space and are good for 5 years.
Pack at least 3 days worth of food for each family member in your bug out bag. Emergency ration food bars make it simple and take up little space. Plan on 3 meals of at least 400 calories a day. The food bars are split into 400 calorie portions.
First responders can take hours (or days) to reach hard hit areas, and once they’re in they can be overwhelmed by the need for emergency medical help. Make sure you have a comprehensive first aid kit and you know how to use it. You may end up being the only person for hours or days to apply medical attention to yourself or loved ones.
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