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Home Emergency – What to Do in Case of a Storm
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma ripped through the Americas in September. Harvey was a 1-in-1,000-year flood event that overwhelmed an enormous section of Southeast Texas equivalent in size to New Jersey. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. 39,000 people were displaced from their homes.
After Harvey, Irma barreled through the Caribbean up to Florida. Cuba, Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Barbuda, and the British Virgin Islands were all laid to waste. The Florida Keys were ravaged costing hundreds of billions of Dollars in damages.
Lastly, Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico costing them $95 billion in damages. 30 days after the storm, 1 million people still do not have running water and 3 million do not have electricity.
Storm Brian battered the UK recently just after storm Ophelia hit. Gusts of 78mph were recorded in Capel Curig and Aberdaron, north Wales, with 84mph recorded on the Isle of Wight. The Environment Agency issued 30 flood warnings in the north-west and south-west of England.
Storms have been hitting all of us left and right. Anytime a storm hits it’s always classified as a home emergency. Do you know what to do in case of a storm? Are you ready when it hits? If not, I highly suggest that you read on. If your answer is yes, I still suggest that you read on because you still might pick up a thing or two.
Home Emergency – What to Do Before a Storm
You find out that a storm is arriving in a day or two. It looks like it’s a big one. You have to get ready. But where do you start?
Always start with a plan. It’s important to know what you and your family will do in the event of a storm. Write them down and share with your family and friends. Purchase emergency food supplies. You can never go wrong with freeze dried food. Put together a bug-out-bag. Emergency supplies, first aid, pocket knife, flashlight, and other important necessities. Our 72 hour emergency survival kits are a good place to start. If possible, purchase a portable generator in case of power outages. Take all precautions to protect your property. The three main areas to protect from damage are windows, roof, and doors. Remove all damaged trees, branches and debris. Make sure that all down spouts and gutters are clear. Know where to go in case you are ordered to evacuate. Plot an evacuation route and know where to shelter.
Home Emergency – What to Do During a Storm
The storm has arrived. The rain keeps pouring and the winds keep pounding the side of your house. What’s your next step?
Stay indoors as much as possible and stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors. Avoid using open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light. If you need to go out, avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges. Do not walk through moving water. Even 6 inches (15 centimeters) of water can make you fall. Flood water can also be toxic. Do not play or swim in it. Disconnect all unnecessary electronic appliances. This way you will avoid damages from changes in voltage or receiving an electric shock if your property gets flooded. Use the phone only for emergencies. Use text messages as a primary way of communicating. If you are advised to evacuate, please do so. Follow the evacuation route that you’ve plotted.
Home Emergency – What to Do After a Storm
The storm has passed. The rain has stopped pouring and the winds have slowed down. What do you do now?
Check your home and property for damage. If there is any damage, like a broken window, cover it with wood or other material until it can be repaired. Do not go near fallen electric cables. Do not touch anything that is in contact with them. The cables might be energized. Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges. Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary. Contact family and friends to check on them and advise them if you are safe or in need of help.
Home Emergency – Planning is Vital
With any home emergency, planning is always key. Of course, these tips are not fool proof, but it will increase your chances of weathering a storm. Planning ahead and knowing what to do may spell the difference between life and death. So, have you thought of your home emergency plan in case of a storm? If not, you should better start now. It could mean you and your family’s survival.