Why We All Need A Hurricane Disaster Plan
Does it seems that the hurricane season becomes busier every year? Certainly, we haven’t seen anything like the bad storms from the early 2000s, but some of those bigger ones seem to be coming closer to the shores of the USA than ever before. They are even hitting the places we least expect them to.
In 2011 we saw a major storm coming ashore in the northeast of the country, which is very unusual. People there simply did not know what to expect and simply didn’t have their hurricane disaster plan. Many of them found out the hard way what mother nature can do.
If you have a house within a couple of hours of either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico you should have a hurricane disaster plan. These things do not only affect people who live actually on the beach itself. Occasionally, these powerful storms go a long way inland and wreak havoc.
Every single home owner or tenant in this situation has to take responsibility. The first thing you need to look at is the setup and security of the house itself. For example, when did you have a last good look at the shingles on the roof? Do you think there are any tiles that may be loose? The structural rigidity of the home is important.
While you have to be fairly unlucky to take a direct hit from the eye of a hurricane, a lot of the damage associated with the cyclones is wind and rain. You can do a great deal to prevent water entering your house and this should be one of the main things on your hurricane disaster plan.
Investigate products known as hurricane socks. You will find that they are highly absorbent and made from polypropylene, so they are ideal for the job. Use them during heavy storms and cyclones by putting them up against vulnerable door or window frames and they will absorb any wind driven rain.
Crucially, take care of your hurricane disaster plan by getting rid of any loose impediments that may be around your home. They could become a flying hazard, so you should put them into the garage or your house, so that you will have less to worry about in terms of glass breakage.
We must never play down the possible effects of a hurricane. If our memory is short all we need to do is replace some of the tapes from the many landfalling storms from earlier in the decade.