Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hurricane Season Reminder

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before it ever happens. With hurricane season officially starting on June 1st and running through November 30th, it’s a good idea to get prepared now. There are a number of precautions you can take beforehand to help you be better prepared to handle the threat of a possible hurricane in your area.

Make sure you are aware of the weather. Listen to your local radio or television frequently and stay informed about changing weather conditions. Then you can take a few simple steps ahead of time to protect and secure your property.

While permanent storm shutters offer better protection for windows, you can board up windows with 5/8 “ marine grade plywood that has been pre-cut to fit your windows so that it will be ready to install if necessary. Remember that tape will not keep windows from breaking.

Secure all outdoor furniture, trash cans or other objects that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds that normally occur during a hurricane. Check your trees for any limbs that could possibly damage your home should they suffer wind damage from a hurricane.

Water sources often become contaminated after a hurricane. Be prepared to have a supply of water for drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Be ready to fill the bathtub or other large containers with water if necessary.

Have a plan ready if you are forced to evacuate. The best time to leave is before an evacuation order is initiated by local authorities. Leaving early is always the better option. If you are unable to evacuate, remember to follow a few safety precautions:

1. Stay inside during the hurricane. Most any type of loose object will become a dangerous projectile in the high winds associated with a hurricane.

2. Stay away from windows and glass doors during a hurricane.

3. Brace all exterior doors securely. Make sure all doors on your garage or storage buildings are also properly secured.

4. Don’t be fooled into thinking the storm is over if there is a lull. It may be only the eye of the hurricane and you could find yourself exposed to the forces of the hurricane as the eye passes.

5. Be prepared to take refuge in a small interior room or closet if necessary.

Don’t wait until a hurricane is knocking at your door to get ready.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.



sarahluker said...

Also don't wait to leave if your home is in danger of surge flooding. Too many people wait and then good folks are put in danger trying to rescue them.

HermitJim said...

I have a terrible feeling that this year could be a bad one for storms!

I certainly hope I'm wrong!

Wayne said...

And if you live close to Louisiana remember this week (5/28-5/29) all Hurricane Prep gear is tax free, not sure about the price differenced between TX and LA, but if it works for you be sure to take advantage.

riverwalker said...

To: sarahluker

If you live in a low lying area, the storm surge from a hurricane can sneak up on you before you know it and leave you stranded.

As you stated, leave early before you get caught in the flood waters.

Thanks Sarah.


riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

Last year was supposed to be a bad one but it fizzled. This year, with the lack of rainfall, may make up for it.

Let's hope for the best and prepare for the worst!

Thanks Jim.


riverwalker said...

To: Wayne

That's good to know. If I lived a little closer to the state line, I'd probably try to take advantage of that deal. I might need to speak to Rick (Perry) about doing that here in Texas.

My main problem when I go to Louisiana, I somehow wind up making a donation to the Seven Clans!lol

Thanks Wayne.


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