With hurricane Isaac’s recent path of destruction and the rest of hurricane season yet to come, I feel like it’s worth talking about how we can be prepared. The National Weather Service recognizes hurricane season in the Atlantic as beginning June 1st and ending November 30th. Hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific starts May 15th and also ends November 30th.
First, it’s important to know the different levels of threat. A Hurricane Watch is when hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. According to the American Red Cross you should “review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.” A Hurricane Warning is when hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. The American Red Cross says, “It’s important to complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.”
Second, it’s important to plan accordingly. In order to be prepared for the oncoming storms the American Red Cross has a few tips.
- Make sure to have an emergency weather radio with fresh batteries. Listen for any critical information regarding storm conditions.
- It’s important to check you disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
- If there is anything outside that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.), bring it inside or secure it.
- Close all windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Turn off propane tank
- Unplug small appliance
- Fill your car’s gas tank
- Create an evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing evacuation plans minimize confusion and fear during the event.
- Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
According to fema.gov, friends, neighbors and colleagues are more likely to prepare for the various weather hazards that frequently impact the nation when they see those around them prepare. So, let’s lead by example!
Plan, prepare, peace of mind,
Annacaye is a mid-twenties mid-westerner who is starting her journey to preparedness. After living in Alaska with tsunamis, Florida with hurricanes, and the mid-west’s tornado alley, she knows the importance of being ready for anything. She has her Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech Communication but has always felt a strong connection with writing. When not writing or getting her hands dirty with arts and crafts, she loves to be outside as much as possible. It is her hope that through her blog and other sources, people become more aware of the importance of being prepared during difficult and often dangerous times. She knows that now is the time and is excited to start “The Journey”.