Hurricanes are devastating storms that bring aggressive winds, torrential downpours, and fast flooding that can leave a home or even city in ruins. So, if you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, it is critical to have a survival strategy in place.
Here are some of the most important hurricane survival tips you need to know during a hurricane and afterward to recover as quickly as possible.
What to do before a hurricane?
Considering their immense destructive power, there is not much you can do to actually prepare yourself or your home for a hurricane – but you can certainly armor up!
Make a survival kit
Even if you are not in the direct path of a predicted hurricane, it is worth to keep a 72-hour hurricane survival kit around. Here are some essential items you might consider packing in your kit:
- First-aid kit
- Hand crank radio with extra batteries
- Dust mask
- Wrench or pliers
- Local maps
If you want to make it a hurricane safely, you have to stay on top of what’s happening as it surges around you. For real-time updates, you can watch local news reports or tune in to emergency radio stations.
What to do during a hurricane?
Evacuate when told to
If you hear an order from emergency authorities to evacuate, do not ignore it. Pick up your survival kit and leave as quickly as possible along evacuation routes recommended by the authorities. However, if the authorities have not issued any order yet or you could not leave the storm area in time, take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level of the home possible and keep your distance from windows and doors. Stay there until you are sure the storm is over.
Unplug all the electronics
Hurricanes often bring with them thunderstorms that can fry your electronics with a bolt of lightning. They do not have to necessarily strike your house; they can strike near a power line and cause a power surge that might overload the capacity your electronics can deal with. So, make sure you unplug them before the hurricane rages on.
What to do after a hurricane?
Once the danger has passed, you can breathe a sigh of relief—but do not let your guard down. There are still safety hazards all around you.
Stay where you are and do not attempt to leave your home or shelter until you have heard from authorities declaring your area out of danger.
There may be downed power lines, ruptured gas lines, broken water mains, overturned gas tanks, contaminated water, or damaged structures in the wake of a hurricane. Make sure you report any hazards like these as soon as you come across them.
Stay away from flood waters
Long after the area is declared safe, there may still be hazardous debris lurking under the deceptively calm flood water. Downed power lines can also electrically charge the water, leading to a risk of electrocution. Driving your car through water can cause water to get into the engine and shut it off.
Be patient and stay positive
Hurricane survival demands a hopeful attitude and a whole lot of patience. Stop, breathe, and keep a cool head while the hurricane passes through your area.
No matter what is thrown your way, you can stay safe if you keep these tips in mind before, during, and after a hurricane hits.