Being prepared is the ultimate weapon against most type of natural calamities. Preparedness for the risk and taking action on those preparations can limit the potential damage and casualties caused by the calamity.
Hurricane is considered as one of the most threatening natural disasters which caused much damage in different cities in the US. A lot of homes and other properties have been devastated because of hurricane. And worse, it has taken several lives. But could we have prevented further damages if we have prepared? Logically, we cannot stop the calamity from occurring. However, there are things we can do to minimize the detrimental effects of this calamity. "It pays to be ready" as they say.
So, here are simple tips on how to be calamity-ready. Don't fret as these weather safety tips can be easily remembered like the ABCs:
Always Keep on Hand Emergency Contact Information
List down contact numbers of emergency officials in your area. This is vital so you can easily get in touch with them if you need assistance or if you must report a situation. With the existence of mobile (smart) phones, many people opt to store important contacts using the device. Yes, these gadgets are perfect storage since they are very handy. However, do not just rely on these devices. If power will shut down, you might not be able to use it when its battery is drained.
Aside from saving emergency contact information on your mobile devices, it is likewise clever to write contact numbers on a small notepad. Place this notepad inside a waterproof pouch. This will serve as your backup.
Keep a list of the following:
Local law enforcement
Local emergency management office
Local public safety fire/rescue
Local radio stations
Be Ready with Supplies Kit
When there is a hurricane threatening your safety, it is wise to pack a few supplies. But it does not mean that you have to pack all the food in your kitchen. It simply suggest that you should prepare a disaster supplies kit (preferably waterproof) where you can store basic food. Put together a few ready-to-eat canned food, 1-liter of water, biscuits, etc. Pick carefully the food and try to avoid storing perishable goods. Do not pack too much. You might find it hard carrying the kit.
In addition, you may also prepare a first aid kit. It can be helpful during an emergency whilst waiting for local medical authorities to come. Keep some medicines for basic illnesses like headache, stomach ache, flu and colds. Adding a flashlight to your kit is also beneficial.
Create an Emergency Plan
Before the estimated hit of the hurricane, it is best to have an emergency plan. This way, you will be able to secure your family.
Assess your home's vulnerability to different conditions like storm surge, strong wind and flooding.
Listen to the latest news about the hurricane to know the time of its arrival and other valuable information such as wind gusts and surges.
Discuss possible scenario with your family and what should be done so they will be aware.
Find out the nearest evacuation center. If you belong to a residential community, you may ask your community leaders about the nearest evacuation center. Otherwise, you can inquire your local government offices beforehand.
If you need to evacuate, do not wait for the hurricane to hit your area before going to the specified evacuation area. Vacate your home as early as possible to avoid worse scenario.
Indeed, it pays to be prepared. All it takes is learning some information to be disaster ready and to keep your family safe.