Tropical Cyclone Safety | How to Be Safe During a Hurricane!

When you live in a region impacted by Tropical
Cyclones, you must prepare for their destructive nature to protect your past, present, and
future. A hurricane is on its way, the media is stressing
you prepare for the impending storm. What are you to do? First I recommend, protecting you most precious
items and keepsakes. Gather your family records, photos, essential
documents, important pieces of your past and place them in a location guaranteed protected
from the storm, such as a safe. In the event of an evacuation in your area,
you’ll want to bring these mementos along with you. If inland flooding is to impact your home,
air and water tight storage containers are highly recommended. Be sure to utilize the highest point in your
home when flooding is inevitable. Retrofitting your home may be vital in protecting
areas where wind may enter. Flood insurance may be essential since flooding
is not typically covered by homeowner’s policies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also
known as FEMA, recommends anyone in special flood hazard areas to consider purchasing
flood insurance. Calling your local Emergency Management Agency
will provide you with information on how to protect your home further. It is crucial to pay extra attention to forecasts
and newscasts from verified sources while tracking the storm. Visit the National Hurricane Center website
for updates on the storm’s trajectory. Your local Emergency Management office or
American Red Cross can provide information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby
shelters. It’s encouraged to call each year to be
aware of any changes. Be sure to prepare a disaster supply and care
kit. Include items such as a waterproof flashlight,
batteries, a portable battery-operated radio, a First Aid Kit, emergency food, disposable
camera, a fire extinguisher, medicines and anything crucial to your daily living. Plan to take care of your pets. Make sure your children know how to contact
emergency officials and know what to do if separated by the storm. Prepare ahead of the season to protect your
home since supplies can run out as a storm approaches. Trim your trees and remove dead or weak branches. Develop an emergency communication plan in
case your family is separated and have an out-of-state friend or relative be the “family
contact.” When a hurricane watch is issued, you may
experience hurricane-force winds up to 74 Miles Per Hour within 48 hours. Start preparing your home, make sure you have
stored food and water. Your refrigerator should be set on its coldest
setting and opened only when necessary. Collect your necessities and valuables having
them ready to go in case you need to evacuate. Do not forget to ensure you have cash on hand,
just in case. If there is a hurricane warning, your area
can expect sustained winds higher than 74 mph within 36 hours. Be sure to listen to your local authorities
with hurricane progress and follow the instructions set by officials. If evacuation is not necessary, reside in
the innermost portion of your home. Turn off your water and gas line, and if power
is lost, turn off the circuit breakers to reduce the plausibility of a power surge when
electricity is restored. If the eye passes over your location, it will
seem like the storm may be over, however, the storm is only halfway done and it is crucial
to remain in your shelter. Only after the storm has fully passed, is
it safe to return home or come out of your house. Be sure to take pictures and videos of the
damage to your home, property and assets for insurance claims. Hurricanes are not to be messed with and can
be extremely destructive. Remember to be safe. You can find comfort knowing that as long
as you did everything to stay prepared, you will be without a doubt protected to the fullest
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