Following the damage caused by hurricane IRMA, now would be a good time to learn how we can prepare ourselves during such a natural calamity. Wikipedia defines a hurricane as “a tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain”. Let us see what we can do to protect ourselves from such a disaster.
1. Emergency Supplies
The first and foremost step in preparing for a hurricane is to stock up on some emergency supplies. These supplies will come in handy during any emergency situation. And once you use these supplies, it is very important to restock them. Some of these supplies are:
- A first aid kit
- Radio (battery powered)
- Emergency lights (battery powered)
- Extra batteries
- Fire Extinguisher
- Sleeping Bags
- Soap, toothpaste and tooth brush
These are supplies that should always be ready in your house. Because when there is an admonition for a flood or any other calamity, you cannot afford to go shopping for these items. So always keep them ready.
Secondly, you will need to get some supplies like food and water ready that’ll last at least 3 or 4 days. Stock water. This is of utmost importance. You will need to stock upto 5 gallons of water per person. And stock up on canned food and make sure you have some extra food, just in case. And if there’s a baby, stock up on formula and other baby supplies like diapers. This is the first step in preparing yourself for a hurricane.
Discuss with your family members or companions where all the emergency supplies are. And how each one should act in case the situation becomes worse. Teach everyone to use a first aid kit and provide basic medical care. Make sure everyone knows to operate the fire extinguisher, emergency lights and all that. And most importantly, find out well in advance where other shelters are. These must be closest to you in case you are required to evacuate your house.
3. Stay updated
Listen to the local news via radio or any other mode and stay updated on the situation outside. If a family member or friend is not home, contact the rescue team immediately and give them identification details of the person. This is one of the most important steps that help you stay prepared during a hurricane.
In case you are required to leave your house, only carry things that you will absolutely need like cellphones, chargers and anything else. Keep all these items ready because you never know when you will need to evacuate. Watch out for what the local authorities are saying and abide by it.