Hurricane season vary from one year to the next; thus, you cannot possibly forecast how strong or weak the storms can get at a given time and/or how many will hit your locality. The concept of global warming should give you a hint that you need proper hurricane preparedness. Our responsibility is to remind you how important it is to be prepared in advance. Take a good look at what Katrina did to people and you are bound to rethink the approach to hurricanes. It takes time to prepare; however, the peace achieved due to preparedness is long lasting.
Measures to be taken when preparing for Hurricanes
- Know your surrounding in terms of how prone it is to hurricanes.
- Come up with a fully equipped emergency kit along with a family communications plans.
- Study the altitude level of your home; this is useful in determining the extent of damage your home is exposed to when hurricanes hit.
- Identify and locate dams and levees situated within your vicinity, and establish the danger they pose to your home.
- Come up with plans to protect your property, including installation of hurricane shutters.
- Have your home roof fasten by installing straps and/or additional clips.
- Have your area cleared of any loose as well as congested rain downspouts and gutters.
- Make sure your garage doors are reinforced with hurricane shutters to avoid any dangerous and expensive structural destruction.
- Ensure that your compound is cleared of anything that is not tied to the ground.
- Last but not list, all the adjustment you make to your home should take into consideration two main parts, which are the openings (doors and windows) and the roof.
It is always a good idea to have a section of your place set aside for storm preparedness storage when living in hurricane prone areas. You can use the storage area to secure what is important in the event that hurricane strikes and/or you need to evacuate the area. The next important concepts that you need to be aware of are differences between hurricanes and tropical storms with respect to a watch and a warning issued via media. A hurricane warning refers to sustained winds that are above 73 mph, which are anticipated within the warning area. Therefore, people are expected to finish preparing protection for their shelter, animals and property. The aim of hurricane preparedness is to decrease the odds of severe damages.