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Key tips for hurricane survivial

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Preparing for hurricane survival is absolutely essential. When a big one hits it will cripple a region’s infrastructure. Even basic restoration – clean water, electricity, phone service, open roads – can take from several days to months. And hurricanes bring a variety of destructive forces – high winds, ocean waves, downpours, flooding, tornadoes. The result can go beyond loss of property and life; disease, emotional trauma, contamination, and more.

Be prepared, use common sense, and don’t panic.

The most important thing to do is protect life. Protect yours. Protect your family. And protect those around you. We often think of the community effort following the devastation, but it is vital beforehand.

If you are asked to evacuate – leave

Don’t cause problems for yourself, law enforcement, and rescue workers by staying in an evacuated area. Once you receive notice of an evacuation, you should leave immediately. The longer you stay, the more traffic congestion you will find, the more difficult it will be to get gas for the car, the farther you may need to go to find shelter, and the less likely it is that you will survive the hurricane’s destructive forces.

Key tips for hurricane survivial

Since hurricanes are tracked, you will usually have a few days of warning. But don’t think of that time as the time to learn how to survive a hurricane or to get supplies. Stores will be busy and slow, and may not have much on their shelves. That is the time to review your plan of action, make arrangements for evacuation, board up the house, and make sure that your car is full of gas. You should already have your main supplies.

Here is a basic hurricane survival checklist:

  • Water – 3 gallons per person (minimum)
  • Water Bottles or Collapsible Water Jug (to carry water if needed)
  • Food – 3-day supply (minimum) of non-perishable food
  • Formula and Diapers if you have a baby (extra water for formula)
  • Medication – at least a month’s worth
  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight that does not require batteries (shake or crank style) and/or lantern
  • Whistle
  • Camp stove and fuel (enough to cook at least 3 meals for 3 days)
  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • Cell Phone with hand-crank charger
  • Blankets (1 per person) or sleeping bags
  • Ponchos and Jackets
  • Toiletries
  • Moist Wipes (preferably anti-bacterial)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off the water and gas lines)
  • Garbage bags
  • Duct Tape
  • Identification (also medical insurance cards and alert bracelets)
  • Notepad and pens or pencils (reading material is also nice)
  • Clean-up supplies including disinfectant and gloves
  • Pet food if applicable
  • Cash (you might not be able to use a debit or credit card)

It is a good idea to have lots of batteries for the radio and flashlight (even a couple dozen) and lots of food and water (enough for a month if you have the room and budget). Keep in mind that stores and electricity can be out for long periods of time.

You should also prepare your home for hurricane survival when the weatherman alerts your area.

  • Board up your windows with hurricane shutters or 1/2″ plywood
  • Remove branches from your trees so that the wind will blow through them instead of destroying them
  • Move outdoor items to the garage (trash cans, patio furniture, barbecue grills, etc.)