When an emergency occurs, it’s only human nature to start panicking ― however, panicking is the worst thing to do in an emergency situation. Your safety is heavily reliant on your decisions, responses, and actions at this time. Although most emergency situations occur when you least expect them, it’s important to be prepared and have a plan to take action to avoid going into panic mode.
Example – if you live in an area where hurricanes could possibly impact your home, it is imperative that you have a comprehensive understanding of what to expect and what it is you need to do in order to keep you and your family safe during the season.
Important Information you should be Aware of:
- Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1
- Hurricane Watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.
- Hurricane Warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
- The 2016 hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012.
Making a Hurricane Plan:
Emergency Communication Plan: When making a hurricane plan, it’s critical to have a typical emergency communication plan prepared for you and your family to follow. Your family should be able to execute this plan in the event of any type of emergency. Have specific communication guidelines that you and your family will use, as it is very possible that your family might be separated in different locations at the time of the emergency.
Emergency Supplies: Have emergency supplies readily available in all locations where you could possibly be during a hurricane. These locations include your home, workplace, and car. Your emergency supplies should include:
- Canned food
- Can opener
- Battery radio for alerts
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Garbage bags
Have enough supplies to last a minimum of three days, as the time span of natural disasters can be unpredictable.
Home Preparation: Make sure the items in your yard are secure, plan on bringing any loose outdoor furniture inside your home and board up your windows and doors if directed. If you live in an area which is considered high risk during hurricane season, you should consider installing permanent storm shutters. Keep your yard neat during hurricane season by removing any branches or trees that look unstable to prevent any additional home or car damage and electrical or safety hazards. You should also secure loose rain gutters and clear any clogged areas to prevent water damage to your property.
Evacuation Plan: Plan how you will gather your family and supplies in case you are required to evacuate your home. Anticipate where you will go for different situations. Your plan should map out different directions and routes that your family can take so there are multiple options available for your family to return to safety. Incorporate your emergency communication plan into your evacuation plan so your family can stay in touch if separated.
Remain Calm: As previously mentioned, it is extremely important that you do not panic during an emergency. Prepare how you will stay calm in the event that a hurricane does occur with a list of reassuring statements. Keep this list with emergency supplies ready for review. This list can include statements like:
- I have fully prepared for this hurricane
- I will review my hurricane plan collectively
- This hurricane is only temporary
- My family has the strength and resources to handle this emergency the right way
- My family and I will remain calm for the best interest of each other
- My family and I will remain calm so all planned actions are executed to the best of our abilities
- By remaining calm and brave, my family and I will return to safety
Storm Damage Assistance
For more tips about preparing for Storm Damage or information if your home has been impacted by a hurricane, contact us at 888-831-5011 or click here.