Last month it was Florence, this month itâ€™s time for Michael. Letâ€™s not forget Charley, Katrina, Irma, and the whole bottomless list of hurricanes that shook all the US of A.
As scary as it sounds, this horrid cyclical phenomenon doesnâ€™t really lift lots of eyebrows- USA is the budding ground for many natural calamities and states like North Carolina and Florida are very much storm-prone.
Hurricane Michael looks all set to strike the State of Florida and all we can do is wait for it to pass. The question that comes to minds of concerned American Citizens is that if hurricane is a recurring calamity, then why we donâ€™t focus on hurricane preparedness?
Yes, we know that one can never be a hundred-percent prepared for a hurricane; you cannot keep your house under bubble-wraps and hope for the winds to pass. Collateral damage shall be there, some things just canâ€™t be stopped.
But if weâ€™re aware of basic hurricane preparedness measures, we can try to at least minimize the damage. Disaster management is an important subject that we all were taught when we were 12, but that level of knowledge doesnâ€™t suffice.
With breakthroughs in technology and super-accurate forecasts, we might be able to control the uncontrollable in near future. But the topic of hurricane preparedness is very crucial for our people to survive what is one of the toughest tests of nature.
Hurricane preparedness does not begin when you switch on the TV and realize that youâ€™ve got three days to evacuate. If you think thatâ€™s the way- then you, my friend, are screwed big time.
Trust us, that sinking feeling when you realize that you forgot to pick the family heirlooms (or your dog!) when you were evacuating is the worst. Here are the things you need to keep mind while prepping up for a hurricane, for its hurricane preparedness 101!
Hereâ€™s the full list of things that you shouldnâ€™t miss when youâ€™re preparing a hurricane disaster kid. For hurricane preparedness is incomplete without a backpack full of these necessities. Here are five very essential things that you shouldnâ€™t forget in your right minds: (click here for full checklist)
If youâ€™re packing up for a hurricane, the first thing you need to survive is food. Donâ€™t just open the fridge and dump it all in a bag. Try to pack up non-perishable canned food and juices. Donâ€™t forget dry-fruits, theyâ€™re a power-meal that can fit in oneâ€™s pockets.
For infants and elderly, pack their cereals in water-proof, air-tight containers and keep only what you need. Hit the convenience store nearby and grab protein bars, they make great meals and are full of energy.
Finding clean water in a hurricane sounds like a toughie. Youâ€™re supposed to have at least a gallon per person per day for three to seven days. Itâ€™s a mayhem out there already with water cans going off shelves.
Fill those big canisters of soda with tap-water and keep them aside. If youâ€™re too conscious to drink tap-water, buy yourself some soda! (We said soda, not beer) Those buckets with lids can do wonders in storing water, get a couple of those and that should be enough.
Hurricane preparedness calls for pulling out those on-the-go camper tents, umbrellas and raincoats for each and every person, donâ€™t forget sturdy shoes and clean pairs of undies. With cold 90-mph winds sprawling all over the place, keep heavy winter-wear with you.
Prepare for the worst when it comes to bed and blankets- pack your sleeping bags and keep extra pillows and blankets with you. Most of the relief centers just give your family a corner to stay and you have nothing but concrete, brace yourself!
Those greens are the only currency the world understands when it comes to hurricane time. Thereâ€™s a 90% chance that ATMs wonâ€™t work, and cash would be the only way out. Keep small bills in handy and try to not be exploited by scammers and fraudsters.
Donâ€™t show-boat too much money at the relief shelters, there are all kinds of people there and you need to keep your family safe. Try to buy stuff in full confidence and keep those $100 bills inside.
Make sure you have prescription drugs in stock. Keep special care of your kinâ€™s allergies. Make sure you have the prescription in handy when youâ€™re evacuating, for relief shelters donâ€™t give out meds without prescription.
If youâ€™re keeping an eye on weather reports, the evacuation warnings have already been issued in hurricane-prone states. Here are some checks you need to run on your car before you set out to evacuate.
Take these instructions very seriously; you donâ€™t want your car to break down mysteriously while a humungous water-cloud chases you.
Filling stations and their stock wonâ€™t be replenished for a long time till the hurricane passes by. So first things first, take your car to the nearest filling station and fill it to the brim. Get your spare-tire fixed and make sure thereâ€™s sufficient air-pressure in all four tires.
Call your mechanic and have him look over your carâ€™s specifics:
While bad weather might shake the life out of your car, by running a mechanic check-up you are leaving no stone unturned on your hurricane preparedness expedition.
Okay, just to make it clearâ€“ Do not drive through the standing water unless itâ€™s a matter of emergency evacuation. If you heed to the official warnings, it would never come down to it.
As for people staying at home while hurricane passes by, make sure your car is parked on a higher ground so that the hurricane doesnâ€™t take it as a departing gift. If you have a garage, park it inside and close the garage door.
If it really comes down to driving through hurricane, follow these instructions:
If your car stops in standing water, donâ€™t restart it. Collect your belongings and seek higher ground. Remember- no asset is more precious than you and your loved onesâ€™ life.
Lyft is trying its level best to help the people in need by offering free rides. This is a very benevolent step taken by them as it isnâ€™t easy for a business to work its way through natural calamities like these.
By offering free rides, Lyft is setting up a remarkable example for hurricane preparedness amongst people- After all; weâ€™re supposed to look after each other in bad times.
After it is confirmed by authorities that the storm has passed and it is safe to go outdoors, you can begin to assess any potential damage to your home and property.
All those hurricane preparedness measures you took lead to this. And itâ€™s better to follow these tips after the storm is over:
In short, your hurricane preparedness is as good as done if you pack up what you need, evacuate when youâ€™re told so, think rationally, and take care of each other.
Most importantly- stay calm, look out for each other irrespective of anything, and like all the other tough times, this one shall pass too. For when the going gets tough, the tough gets going!