Hurricane Kit Preparation Before the Hurricane strikes
Prepare your hurricane kit in advance make sure that your supplies will last for 72 hours or more. This preparation is crucial since when an actual hurricane hits, there is limited or no time at all to prepare the materials necessary for a hurricane kit when the actual emergency occurs. Before the actual hurricane hits your area you should take action and prepare all the materials for your hurricane kit. There are important items that must be included in your list such as; hurricane first aid kit, water, food and clothing which will be further discussed later on.
Hurricanes usually is a spiraling storm with strong winds and heavy rains, flooding, flying debris make hurricanes more dangerous. Knowing what to do before a hurricane hits your area gives you better chances of surviving unharmed during this natural catastrophe. Depending on the hurricane level some necessary precautions are to be observed. A hurricane kit, for example is just one of the many precautions that need to be observed before a hurricane strikes. Preparation for a hurricane may sound easy, however there are other precautions that are overlooked.
Your Hurricane kit and other precautions you must observe before a hurricane
Yearly, there are at least 2 to 3 powerful hurricanes that crosses the US. These hurricanes leave million of dollars in damages. Most victims are from suburban and urban communities and death toll varies depending on the preparation that has been made by the residents and the government. Here are some of the best precautions to be made and a guide in making your own hurricane kit.
1. Prepare your hurricane kit, list down the things of items that you need. This list should include your basic necessities: water, food, clothing and first aid kit. If anyone of your family member’s need any special medical apparatus make sure to include it in your hurricane kit as well. Your supplies should last for at least 72 hours. Your water supply should be 1 gallon per person per day. When you pack food for your hurricane kit, make sure that the food have a long shelf life, low in sodium and does not require preparation. Include a transistor radio with fresh batteries in your hurricane kit. Make sure to include your legal documents in your hurricane kit, in case a flood arises. Matches, can opener, Swiss knife.
2. Besides the preparation of your hurricane disaster kit, securing your home is also one of most important precaution you should make. Secure glass windows, doors and gates. Cover all glass windows with wood.
3. Place your hurricane preparation kit somewhere you can see it right away. Pick up debris in your yard, furniture, cooking appliance or anything that can be easily be moved by the wind should be brought inside the house.
4. Make sure that your generator and car has fuel. If you feel that you will need to evacuate, call someone out of state to inform them where the evacuation is. If this happens make sure that your hurricane kit and supplies are brought with you.
5. Fill your bathtubs, pails with water. Water shortage may happen later on.
6. Unplug all electronics as the hurricane approach. Tune in to news through your transistor radio powered by batteries. Make sure that your hurricane kit is always near you, in case the need to move and evacuate arises.
7. As the hurricane strikes, stay indoors. Move away from glass windows. Do not use any electronic appliance in the house. Since, a lightning storm is a possibility do not take a bath during the actual hurricane. Listen to the news through your transistor radio in your hurricane kit. Do not go out of the house unless for real emergencies or once the hurricane has passed.
8. Be alert all the time, shut down all the utilities (gas, electricity, water). Do not use your phones only use it in extreme emergencies. If the local authorities ordered an evacuation, evacuate right away, bring your hurricane kit with you.
How Useful is your Hurricane Kit?
Your Hurricane kit is only as useful if you know how to manage and use its contents. Be assertive in knowing how to use your hurricane preparedness kit’s content before an actual emergency. When the emergency comes and you have to evacuate on foot and your hurricane kit is slowing you down, leave it. Your life is more important than a kit, as you prepare your kit, make sure that medical paraphernalia and your first aid kit is in a separate container inside your hurricane kit. In case you need to leave the hurricane kit, quickly grab and bring the medical kit with you. Always remember to never panic in case of emergencies, keep an open mind and know your options include your family in decision making.