As Hurricane Season approaches, it is time for families everywhere to get prepared! As we look to the experiences of the past regarding these dangerous storms, we come to know and understand new and improved methods of preparing for this type of disaster. One of the best modes of preparation includes creating a disaster plan for your family. Throughout this guide, I will be offering you unique strategies for family preparation for Hurricane Season.
It is important to know that when any type of disaster strikes, there is limited availability when it comes to emergency personnel. In many situations, despite their best efforts, it may take days for someone to reach you and help you in the ways that are required. During Hurricane Season, it is not uncommon to be without electricity, water, gas, and even telephone service. In many cases, it may become impossible for you to leave your home due to obstructions, such as downed power lines or trees that have fallen. In some instances, major flooding will occur. This is why you should take the time to ensure family preparation for Hurricane Season.
1. The first thing that you will want to do is to ensure that everyone in the home knows and understand the potential dangers of hurricanes. They should understand what a hurricane is, and the potential aftereffects of one – such as high winds, falling trees, flooding, and other weather conditions that may occur as a direct result of the hurricane such as tornadoes. If you have small children, it is important that you explain that a hurricane is a strong storm that can act in such a way that it tears stuff up; but that they should trust you to ensure that they are kept safe.
2. Now, you will want to establish an evacuation route. This way, if you must leave the area, you know exactly where to go. It is important that you drive this route periodically to become comfortable with it, and to maintain your comfort level. Many individuals even choose to seek out alternative routes in case the main one gets congested during evacuation.
3. The next thing that you should consider when it comes to creating a family emergency plan is to establish a location where everyone will meet up. This could be a shelter, or another location that is out of the way of potentially dangerous weather conditions. This should actually be shared with friends and family members. Evacuation routes should be copied, along with the destination point when evacuating and given to someone who will be expecting you. This way, if an accident occurs, or you do not arrive, someone will know the route that you took and can look for you.
4. The next thing that you will need to do is to ensure that you gather items that can provide you with light and some form of electricity during the storm. These items may include flashlights, batteries, candles, oil lamps, oil, an electric generator, and similar items. It is important that you enlist the assistance of everyone in the home to gather up these types of materials.
5. Now, it is time to get together a family first aid kit. Be sure to include plenty of bandages, wraps, alcohol, peroxide, medicines, and even salt tablets. Remember; when it comes to first aid kits for the family, there can never be too much preparation. Anything can happen at any given time, and the more you have, the better prepared you will be to handle those situations that may occur.
6. You should ensure that you have plenty of blankets, rain coats, and similar items prepared for everyone in the home. Though it sounds kind of funny, it is great to include life jackets for everyone, as well as an inflatable boat. These supplies may prove to be exceptionally helpful if you live in an area that may experience severe flooding.
7. Family preparation for Hurricane Season should include plenty of water, water purification tablets, and canned food for all members of the family. Professionals suggest that there should be enough food and water for each person to last at least three days. If it is possible, you should attempt to gather enough to last longer than three days. Many people have gone as long as two weeks without power and other utilities when a hurricane hit.
Family preparation for Hurricane Season is extremely important. It is essential that you heed the instructions listed throughout this article this Hurricane Season. If you do, you will find that you are your family fare well.
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