How To Survive a Hurricane

Now that we've seen what kind of destruction Hurricane Harvey left behind, it's time to learn from our mistakes. 

Over 20 senior citizens were stranded at a senior center facility, sitting in 4 feet of stagnant water.

Thankfully the 20 seniors at the facility were rescued by helicopter but it could have been worse. A lot worse. Unfortunately, these things will continue to happen unless someone creates an evacuation plan to follow.

Here are some hurricane tips you should write down.

How To Survive a Hurricane

What you'll need:

- Advanced Planning

- Flood Insurance

- Emergency Supplies

- NOAA - enabled radio

- Battened Down Hatches

- Safe Room

- Extreme Caution

Plan Ahead

- Know where your local evacuation shelters are ahead of time. Teach yourself how to get there without using a GPS. 

- Pick a place where you will meet your family if you become separated.

- Choose a family member or friend who doesn't live in the area that everyone should check in with once they are safe.

- You should also know how to shut off your water, gas, and electricity. Be prepared to do so before evacuating.

Have the Following Survival Supplies On Hand

- You will want a three-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). So if you have a family of 4, you will need 12 gallons of water.

- You'll need non-perishable food to last for 3 days as well. Preferably food that you do not have to cook.

- Rechargeable Flashlight with extra batteries.

- Battery powered radio that can receive signals from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA).

- Emergency First Aid Kit

- 7 day supply of medications

Preparing for the Storm

If you do receive an emergency signal warning you that a hurricane will be heading in your direction, you'll want to do the following:

- Pick up anything that could be blown around by the wind (Sun umbrella, toys, pet food bowls).

- Close and board up windows and doors (unless you have hurricane shutters)

- Clear rain gutters and down spouts.

- Trim trees and shrubs that need it and look for loose branches that could become a hazard. 

- Put your freezer on the coldest setting. When your power does go out, your food will last longer.

- Fill up your gas tank and make sure your bug out vehicle is ready to go.

Apartment Buildings and Evacuation Zones

- If you live on the bottom two floors in apartment buildings, ask a neighbor living on a higher level if you can wait out the storm there.

- You should evacuate if you live near a floodplain, river, or mobile home park.

Before the Storm Hits

- Consider filling your tub up with water. This can be filtered for drinking water or be used for washing.

- Turn off propane tanks and electronics.

- When the storm hits stay away from windows and only use the phone if you absolutely need to.

- Hunker down in your home's lowest level.

- Don't leave until local officials have deemed conditions to be safe.

When to Stay, Leave, or Comeback

- If you lose power, shut off your circuit breaker and leave it off until the power comes back on.

- Evacuate immediately if you smell gas.

- Do not return to your house if it is still flooded, there are downed power lines nearby, or you can still smell gas.

It's important to follow the recommendations of your local authorities when it comes to returning to your home.  If there are any loose wires in your home after the storm, you should have an electrical inspect and clear your house first.


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