What to do in a Hurricane?

Thursday, 07 Oct 2010 10:22 AM

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What to do in a hurricane is a question asked by millions of people all over the world. This natural calamity appears difficult to tackle if one is unprepared.
 
When is hurricane protection needed?
Hurricanes usually appear during a specific time of the year. For example, hurricane preparation in the Atlantic starts around June, while it begins by mid-May in the Pacific, with both seasons lasting till the end of November. During all these months, people staying in hurricane-prone areas have to be alert and prepared for any approaching weather front. According to experts, people can tackle even deadly hurricanes with a sensible hurricane action plan and some hurricane preparation.
 
Form a hurricane action plan
Work out a hurricane action plan early,before the season starts. The following are tips for creating a hurricane action plan:
 
· Check your supplies and provisions.
 
· Identify a safe place where you can wait out the storm within your house. Know your evacuation routes in advance.
 
· Keep the first aid kit updated, with all essential medication in place.
 
· Store important documents in a watertight container.
 
· Try to find insurance covers that offer flood protection. Ensure you have a list of property and pictures for proof in case a hurricane protection claim becomes necessary.
 
· Arrange for special products you may need for infants, the elderly, or the disabled.
 
· Check generators and extra batteries for flashlights, radio, etc.
 
· Make provisions for having at least three gallons of water per person as part of hurricane relief.
 
· The most significant thing to do as part of your hurricane action plan is to repair your roof, garden, and windows for any damage or loose ends.
 
· Keep the phone numbers of a hurricane center and emergency medical helpline handy.
 
· Keep electrical gadgets switched off as much as possible during a storm. Do not use gasoline or charcoal. Avoid bathing, or even using a cell phone,  to avoid electrocution.
 
·  Never go out on the roads before the authorities announce that it is safe to do so, since a hurricane’s eye can be deceptively calm. A hurricane’s aftermath has been observed to be more deadly than its run.
 
These pointers will help you answer the question of what to do in a hurricane.
 
Everyone living in a hurricane-prone region should know what to do in a hurricane. With a little hurricane action planning, you can safeguard your property and your family and loved ones. A hurricane protection plan is a great idea to develop, and should be shared with every family member as well. Always be prepared and in touch with a hurricane center or a hurricane relief center during the hurricane season.

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