05 junio 2014

Are you prepared for a hurricane?

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June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season each year. Now, early in the season, is the time to make a plan to stay safe if a hurricane approaches your area. If you live along the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast and don’t have a plan, I hope this post will prepare you. Sit down with your family and figure something out – now. Follow the links below to learn more:

How to create a supply kit.
 According to the National Hurricane Center, your family should have a supply kit. 
The kit includes: One gallon of water per person daily for up to a week.
 Food for a week. 
 Canned food and juices work really well. Make sure you have a manual can opener and other utensils needed for cooking food.
 Blankets and pillows Clothing (including clothing that is water resistant)
 First aid kit, medications, prescription drugs Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, hand sanitizer and soap 
Flashlight and batteries 
NOAA weather radio
 Cash, because debit and credit cards might not work
 Full tank of gas/extra gasoline 
Pet care items such as food, water, muzzle, leash, and a cage. 

Charged cellphone Matches or lighter If you have babies, make sure you have a decent supply of baby food, diapers, etc.

 Also, if you live along the coast, make sure you have the supplies (such as plywood) to board up windows to protect your house. Get plywood now instead of 2-3 days before a storm hits. Figure out what needs to be taken inside in case floods or strong winds pick up any of your belongings.

 Develop an evacuation plan now.

If a hurricane is imminent …
 First, understand the difference between watches and warnings. Hurricane watches mean hurricane conditions (74 mile per hour winds or greater) are possible within 48 hours. Hurricane warnings means hurricane conditions are expected. If a hurricane is imminent …

 Turn down your freezer and refrigerator to the coldest settings possible. If you lose electricity, your perishable foods will last longer. Turn off propane tanks and small electrical appliances. Consider whether you really want to stay at your house. The worst damage from hurricanes usually comes from storm surge and flooding. However, stronger hurricanes can produce violent winds that can cause damage to buildings and structures. Also, tropical systems are capable of producing small tornadoes. Do you want all of these possible impacts to threaten you and your family? Pay careful attention to hurricane forecasts. Sometimes, Mother Nature can be unpredictable.

 A forecast Category One hurricane could end up being a strong Category Two, causing more damage than predicted. If you see hurricane watches or warnings for your area, that should be enough to influence you to leave. Do you have relatives that you can visit? Don’t be a brave soul and weather out the storm.

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