As we’ve seen in the year 2017, hurricanes can be very dangerous. People should have a planned method of survival and evacuation, just in case of an emergency. We can all agree that it is better to be prepared than to not be prepared, so we’ve collected a list of tactics that you can use to create your own plan of emergency.
- Plan an evacuation route
- Contact Okeechobee Emergency Management or Okeechobee Red Cross to obtain critical hurricane preparedness details, including shelters, evacuation routes, and the location of shelters.
- Plan ahead if you have a pet. Depending on the location, the shelter may not allow pets. Be aware of this and if you have a furry friend, locate a shelter that will allow him or her in with open arms.
- Have a meeting in your household about where the gas, electricity, and water sources are. Members of the household should know when to turn them off in case of an emergency storm.
- Protect your windows, and trim large trees in your vicinity. Unstable trees can be very destructive when their root strength gives away due to fast wind gusts.
- Turn your refrigeration units onto the coldest settings in order to give your food the longest duration of survivability.
- Store drinking water in water bottles, water jugs (the bigger the better), and keep a stock of eating utensils.
What To Do During A Hurricane Warning?
If you have power, keep your radio tuned to your local broadcasting station for official instructions.
If you’re living in a mobile home you’ll want to check the tie downs to your house, and if possible, evacuate to a more sturdy location.
Store all of your valuables in a water proof container, in case of flooding or water leaks.
Stay inside of your home, away from your windows.
Have a flashlight or five and extra batteries, hurricanes are known to take out power units. Your vision may rely on your flashlight during the night.
If the power goes out, turn off your large electrical appliances to reduce the power surge when local power plants are restored to working order.
What To Do When The Storm Passes?
Listen to your local broadcasting system for updates about the status of the area.
If you hear of anyone who is injured or trapped inside of a building, rush to their location and offer your help. Their life may be depending on somebody like you.
Stay away from loose power lines, they’re dangerous.
Keep a lookout for snakes and wild animals that the storm has driven up to higher ground by flood waters.
Open your doors and windows and turn on fans to dry your home and keep the air ventilated.
Take multiple pictures of any damaged areas inside of your house, your insurance company will need to see them if you need to make an insurance claim.
Survey your property for gas leaks, electrical damage, sewage and water line damage before reactivating them.