• Are You Hurricane Ready?

    Be prepared for hurricane disaster

    What is a hurricane?

    A hurricane is a very strong storm. Hurricane bring strong winds, heavy rain, lightning. There are many categories of “hurricane” ranging from tropical storm to category 5 hurricanes. These classifications are based on the speed of the wind. Higher wind speeds mean higher categories. That is to say that a category 4 hurricane has stronger winds than a category 3 hurricane.

    Prior to disaster

    Do you know what the biggest danger is during a hurricane? It is not the rain, or the lightning, but the wind. This is the one of the reasons that categories are based on wind speed. Before a storm, it is very important to secure any objects in your yard that may be taken up by the winds. Objects such as signs, tarps, pots, fence posts, toys, or decorations can fly through the air and become damaged or cause damage to others.

    A category one hurricane can carry objects at 74 mph. These objects can break windows, wooden doors, and even car windows. The broken bits of these doors and windows would also join the other debris and continue to damage objects that cannot be picked up by the wind. Drainage systems should also be cleared in an effort to reduce flooding.

    The increased rainfall brought on by hurricane conditions may cause flooding if drains are not properly maintained. Glass windows can be covered with wood or tape to prevent damage. Sandbags can be placed to redirect flood water.

    In addition to securing your property, each home should have a preparedness kit for both during and after the hurricane.

    This kit should contain:

     Water – in case the supply of water is interrupted and clean water becomes difficult to find.

     Medicine – in case of any medical emergency such as injury or infection.

     Identification and certificates (secured in water proof container) – these should always be kept safely.

     Light sources (lanterns, flashlights, along with batteries) – in case the power supply is interrupted.

     Radios (along with power sources such as batteries) – in order to keep up with the news, especially if the power supply is interrupted.

     Food in the form of cans or other preserved goods – in the case that the disaster makes it difficult to access freshly prepared food due to lack of supplies based on how many persons are in need or lack of electricity.

    During a disaster

    Wind damage during hurricaneFirst and foremost, NEVER go outside until it is officially declared safe. This is especially important to note as when the storm first drops, you may feel it is safe to go outside, especially if you’ve been inside for a long time. Hurricanes generate a calmness in the centre known as the “eye of the storm”.

    Most fatalities occur when people believe the storm has ended and leave shelter, only to be hit by the second part of the storm. Listen to information updates provided by the news sources. Try to stay away from doors and windows which may be broken by the storm. If caught far from home, seek shelter in which to wait securely for the storm to pass.

    After a disaster

    Don't go into flood watersThe dangers of a hurricane are not over once the rain and winds stop. Water and power lines may be damaged. This is why planning ahead is important. Here is where you will be using the items you have secured prior to the disaster. Here are some important safety reminders for after the storm: Do not touch any damaged electrical cables as you may be harmed. If electricity seems to be going on and off, it is important to unplug your appliances and devices as they may be damaged. Report any broken infrastructure to the authorities.

    Remember to take pictures or video of damages for documentation. Do not drink any water that has not been properly treated. Watch out for trees and other tall objects that might fall after being weakened by the storm. Do not move through flood water unprotected as the water may contain diseases. Wash all food items before eating as disease water may have dirtied them.

    Do what you can to help others in need of assistance without putting yourself in danger. This might include calling an emergency line such as the police (999), fire (990), or ambulance services (811); sharing your supplies; or asking an adult to help. Most importantly remember to remain calm, check on your loved ones for their safety, and remember all you’ve learned about being disaster-ready.

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    Be sure to download this chart to view our Turtle Watching Information.

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    Does your family have an emergency action plan? Do you know that every member of your family will know what to do if a fire starts in your home at 2AM?
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