Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on October 13, 2017
Florida is currently in the throes of hurricane season. We’ve already weathered Irma, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that this will be one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history.
You might consider yourself a hurricane preparation pro, but it’s nice to a have a refresher about natural disaster safety and preparedness. Avoid property damage, serious injuries, and other life-threatening situations by observing these tips:
1. Use National Resources
No matter the disaster, Ready.gov is your one-stop shop for preparedness. Here, you’ll find specific advice for emergencies like hurricanes, floods, fires, and more. You’ll also find tutorials for making a family emergency action plan, creating a contingency plan for pets, and preparing your business for natural disasters and other emergencies. The site also has external links to other valuable resources, like:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FEMA mobile app, which allows you to access weather, shelter information, and aid for up to five locations.
- The National Weather Service, which allows to you sign up and receive text alerts for important weather information.
- If traveling or trying to help citizens outside of the U.S., travel.state.gov has links to government resources that will help.
2. Make Sure You Have Enough Food
When a natural disaster strikes, the last place you want to be is stranded in your home with no food. As a rule, try to have at least three days worth of non-perishable food on hand. In the event your power goes out, the food inside your refrigerator will start to spoil within two hours. In other words, making sure you have enough food to last a few days will go a long way in providing peace of mind in the event of a natural disaster.
3. Have Cash On Hand
In natural disasters, it’s not uncommon for electrical systems to go out, which means no debit or credit card machines. You’ll want to have cash to pay for essentials like bottled water and food, or even hotels should your home become uninhabitable. Store cash in a waterproof container with other emergency essentials like social security cards, birth certificates, and medications.
4. Put Together a Natural Disaster Kit
When a natural disaster is imminent, it’s essential to have a bag full of necessary items already packed in case you receive an evacuation order or have to report to a shelter. Your natural disaster kit should contain:
- Clothing for the entire family
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- A first aid kit
- Prescription medications
- Emergency contact information
- A battery-operated radio for news updates
5. Know Where to Go
Many people don’t know where to go if they get an order to evacuate. Familiarize yourself with shelters in the area and talk to an out-of-town friend and see if they’re willing to house your family until the threat of the storm passes. Simple steps like these will help you become more prepared for the worst, should it to pass.
Many Floridians are confident in their prepping skills and sometimes scoff at hurricane predications, but Irma taught us that catastrophe can strike at any time. By observing these tips, you can proactively prepare for any natural disaster that might be in our future.