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In this article, I will be going over the absolute best hurricane survival tips you need to be learning right now.
Hurricanes are hazardous and can cause significant damage due to storm surge, wind damage, rip currents, and flooding. They can occur anywhere along the United States’ coasts or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. Historically, storm surge has been the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.
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Preparing for a Hurricane
- Secure your property. Tape does not prevent window glass from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home to minimize the risk of broken branches and debris.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent misdirected flooding.
- If you have a boat, determine how and where to secure your vessel.
- Keep articles in your basement elevated to avoid damage from even minor flooding.
- Put any valuables on high shelves or on a higher floor of your house. This includes photograph albums and irreplaceable keepsakes.
- Keep any household chemicals on high shelves and ensure they have tight caps. Chemicals that mix into floodwaters are very dangerous and unsafe.
- Consider building a safe room.
- Buy a fire extinguisher.
- Make sure all pets have ID tags.
- Prepare a document file to take with you in case you need for insurance later! Photograph or scan important documents like driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, prescriptions, tax statements and other legal papers. Upload the images online for safekeeping.
- Keep a well-stocked Emergency Survival Kit in case you lose power.
- Find all local emergency shelters. Know your evacuation route.
- Fill plastic bottles with drinking water.
- Fully fuel your vehicles.
Secure Your Home
Secure your home to the best of your ability to give it the best chance of withstanding strong winds and torrential downpours. Use the following checklist to prepare your home before the storm:
- Install and secure storm shutters before the storm hits.
- Install roof clips to keep your roof securely fastened to its frame structure (there are several types of roof clips, so choose the ones that best suit your needs). These are the most common, and they connect the top plate to the truss).
- Pruning bushes and trees reduces the possibility of airborne debris or falling branches.
When To Evacuate
If you are directed to do so by local authorities. Do so right away (do not put it off!) and make sure to follow their instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home or a temporary structure—these types of shelters are especially dangerous during hurricanes (no matter how well fastened to the ground).
- If you live in a high-rise building, you should be aware that hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
- If you live near a river, on a floodplain, or on an inland waterway.
- If you believe you are in jeopardy.
During the Hurricane
Go to your safe room if you haven’t already. If you do not have a safe room, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Stay inside and away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Close all interior doors and secure and brace all exterior doors.
- Close the curtains and blinds. Do not be deceived if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm—winds will resume their strength.
- Take refuge on the lowest level in a small interior room, closet, or hallway.
- Lie down on the floor beneath a table or other sturdy object.
After a Hurricane
In addition to preparing for a hurricane, it is critical to take precautions after the storm has passed, such as:
- Prevent flooding: Take precautions before, during, and after a flood. It is never a good idea to drive through floodwaters.
- After the storm, take the following precautions to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning: Check that your CO detector’s batteries are in good working order. Keep generators at least 20 feet away from any door, window, or vent.
- Continue to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Now that you have learned about the best Hurricane Survival Tips, you have just improved yourself.
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