A hurricane, also known as a tropical cyclone, is a well-organized cloud and thunderstorm system that arises over warm tropical waters and revolves around a well-defined center. Hurricanes can cause severe hazards, such as torrential rains, storm surges, damaging winds, and tornadoes. While storms can be deadly, planning and preparation can help reduce the risk of injury and substantial property damage.
What can I do before a hurricane?
These storm preparation tips will give you more information on how to help keep your family safe and property damage to a minimum.
Maintain clean gutters, downpipes, and drains.
During heavy rains, leaves and other debris can build up in gutters, obstructing downspouts. Overflowing water can damage your home’s foundations, rip gutters away from the roof, and create mildew and structural damage. Keep this from occurring by cleaning your gutters regularly. This is also a good time to check for missing roof tiles or loose sheet cladding that could break loose in heavy gusts.
Prune overhanging tree branches.
Garden tree health can assist minimize harm from falling branches and boughs and uprooted trees. Consult your local council’s tree trimming standards, and leave the big projects to the pros. Hiring a skilled tree surgeon is a far safer alternative than attempting the task on your own.
Secure loose items.
Wind gusts of more than 90 kilometers per hour can accompany severe storms, turning mundane objects like garden furniture into dangerous projectiles. As part of your storm preparation, secure outside goods and move cars indoors or away from trees. Keep in mind that storms can occur while you are gone, so keep outside areas tidy and conceal objects that are prone to be picked up by strong winds rather than leaving them out in the open.
Keep an emergency storm kit on hand.
Storms can cause power and water outages that last for several days. Having an emergency supply kit on hand can help you survive until normal service is restored. Prescriptions, a flashlight, a portable radio, replacement batteries, a first-aid kit, food and water supplies, and blankets and clothing should all be included in your storm kit. You could also include important documents in waterproof containers in your kit.
Take precautions as the storm approaches.
As the storm comes, close windows and doors and bring pets inside. Turn off circuit breakers and also unplug electrical appliances and aerials. Storms are often brief, and while it may be exciting to watch the action, it is best to avoid looking out windows in danger of flying debris. Rather, listen to the radio or check the internet for local weather updates.
Consult your local authorities and emergency services.
Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signs, evacuation routes, water removal services and emergency shelters. Furthermore, local emergency services can educate you on the most common types of disasters in your area.
When the NWS (National Weather Service) announces a hurricane warning, we have little time to create hurricane shelters or storm shutters. Hurricane preparation, on the other hand, can put you one step ahead of the storm. These storm preparation tactics will help keep your family safe while also minimizing property damage during a storm.