Preparing for Hurricanes

Jun 3, 2013 by

Hurricanes are a popular topic, especially on this blog given the history.  When it comes to preparing for hurricanes, we feel that people have few excuses when it comes to being educated.  We received this from Craig at Dan’s Depot and thought it was fitting.

There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for some of nature’s wildest storms. Hurricanes can cause a great deal of damage and as well all know, can result in the loss of life. Although there is nothing you can do to stop the storm, you can take steps to ensure you come through it as safely as possible and can survive the aftermath.

First and foremost, if there is anyway possible you can get out of the area, do so. Your home, the treasures inside and any other material items are not nearly as valuable as your life. Do not wait until it is too late. Get out while the getting is good. Fortunately, there is plenty of warning before a hurricane strikes.

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Preparing For Hurricanes Properly

If you cannot get out, you need to prepare to shelter in place. Board up the windows and prepare to hunker down. Part of your preparations should include a “go bag,” just in case you need to leave your home. In the bag, you need to pack the essentials to your survival. These are listed in order of importance; items to maintain your body temperature, hydration and food supplies.

  • Dress in layers and make sure you have a hat and gloves. Your clothing is your first layer of protection against the elements. Skip the cotton if it is cold out. Wool, polyester fleece and polypropylene materials will keep you insulated, even if they are wet.
  • Pick one room in your house to huddle in with your family, friends or whoever is riding out the storm with you. The body heat produced will help keep you warm. Stay away from the windows.
  • Before the storm is upon you, fill up the tub with water and any other receptacles, i.e., pots and jugs. It is very likely the water that comes out of the tap after a storm is not going to be safe for drinking. You will want a pot on hand to boil any water.. Do not try and burn any fossil fuels in the house. Use your outdoor cooking grill to do this.
  • Get food that will store well, is easy to carry and packs plenty of nutrition. Energy bars are perfect. Dehydrated meals are also good choices. You need the calories in order to have the energy to stay alive. When thinking about food, remember food is food. It may not be filet mignon, but it will keep you alive.

Stay up to date about the pending storm via radio or television. Please know that it is entirely likely the power will go out during the storm and could be out for days and weeks following the storm. A battery-powered radio is ideal so you can stay updated. Don’t forget extra batteries. Solar power or crank style radios are good options.

Have some way to signal rescuers. Sheets or tarps that are brightly colored will work. Bright-colored spray paint is another option. If you think a fire would be safe, start one and burn green or slightly damp material to create a lot of smoke.

Hurricanes can be intense. Prepare yourself mentally and do not panic. You have prepared and you are ready. Let your family know what the plan is. It doesn’t hurt to have games, books or magazines on hand to distract you and your family from what is going on outside. Stay calm and do your best to stay positive. There is no room for negativity in a survival situation.

Craig Caudill is a blogger and vlogger for Dan’s Depot where he helps folks prepare their own emergency disaster kit. He also is the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.