Disasters

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Hurricanes are getting increasingly frequent and that is quite terrifying. When a storm strikes, it is important to know what to do in other to protect yourself and loved ones.

A storm is called by different names, dependant upon where you reside, they’re sometimes referred to as cyclones and tropics cyclones, however, both are just like a hurricane. Additionally, there are many parts to a storm i.e. The eye — a region at the center of a hurricane. It is generally calm at heart and might be deceptive throughout a hurricane.

Outside the eye is the eye wall, this is where one will see the strongest rain and winds. The Spiral Rainbands are bands that spiral inwards towards the center of the storm, it gets quite large creating wind and rain that lies outside the eye.

A category one hurricane wind speed is about 75 mph and a class five hurricane might have wind speeds of 155 mph or more for categories two. However, the recent hurricane irma which has wrecked havoc throughout the Caribbean since it’s started in Cuba is said to be a category four storm — the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history. That being said, let’s discuss, how to stay prepared before and during a hurricane strike.

 

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

When you’ve lived through a storm, there are survival tactics that you must have acquired from the experience. Essentially, you should be aware of survival skills that would help you and your family to stay alive during the occurrence of natural disasters. There must be a detailed plan available in the event of an obligatory evacuation. Here is a list of things (hurricane preparedness checklist) you should have in your possession in preparedness for hurricane and other natural disasters.

  • Assemble an emergency first aid kit
  • hurricane checklistFlash light
  • Radio with additional batteries
  • Canned food
  • Device for water supply
  • Raincoats
  • Sleeping bags
  • Medications
  • Multi tool with a knife
  • Identification and health care cards
  • Waterproof bags or portable pre-assembled containers
  • Items that are for newborns or elderly persons.

 

It is very important to have a weather radio accessible and also to follow any instructions you’re given. Furthermore, you should have a full tank of gas if you understand that a storm is coming.Insulating your house against rain and winds is also recommended.

HURRICANE PROOF BUILDING

The evacuation buildings must be assembled to meet code requirements applicable during the time of design. Some shelters are anticipated to defend occupants from water and wind but are not expected to provide water, food, sanitation, or bedding. To reduce the effects of high winds and associated debris impact, the house may be examined out by an experienced and trained professional. Many hurricane protection businesses offer free consultations as part of their marketing plan.

They will audit your home for hurricane readiness. In other to secure your home to withstand the extreme conditions of a tropics cyclone or hurricane, you will need to adjust the reinforcing gabled roofs — applying additional glues to roof shingles, installing hurricane belts and clips to ensure the roof remains in place despite high winds, hurricane resistant shutters, along with impact resistant glass might help keep windows closed from heavy rain and  flying debris. Reinforcing garage doors and entry doors is also common practice for securing your home against a hurricane.

CLOSING THOUGHT

The goal of this measures (hurricane preparedness checklist) is to mitigate the severity of the damages caused by hurricanes and also to increase your chances of staying alive.

 

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

American Red Cross is in need of volunteers in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Save The Children is providing relief supports for families and children impacted by the storm.
UNICEF is providing emergency relief and will help children affected by the hurricane resume their education in the coming months.
Convoy of Hope is helping victims in the British Virgin Islands and Haiti.
Oxfam is providing relief in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
GlobalGiving wants to raise $2 million for relief and recovery efforts in regions affected by the hurricane.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is registering volunteers to help in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
SPCA International provides support to shelters and rescue groups working with animals affected by natural disasters.
Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is providing support to victims in the Sister Isle.
ConPRmetidos is providing relief to communities impacted by the hurricane.
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