Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, as evident by Hurricane Katrina, which not only devastated a majority of the east cost, but which also cost the U.S. upwards of $100 billion in repairs. Because of how much damage hurricanes can commit, it is best to always be prepared. These tips will help you keep your community throughout the 2017 hurricane season.
Implement Severe Weather Tracker
Though weather tracking is not an exact science, it is a science nonetheless. Lightning data is a great resource, as the type of lightning an area gets is indicative of the severity and type of storm on the way. “Lightning holes,” where updrafts are located and there is scarce precipitation, could indicate that a severe storm is brewing and that those in the path should be alerted to possible hurricane conditions.
Encourage “Hurricane Watch” Preparedness
Too many people learn of a “Hurricane Watch” and assume that, because it is not a warning, they are safe. This is the wrong attitude to take. A hurricane watch should be used as an opportunity to prepare for an actual hurricane; including reviewing evacuation routes and putting together a hurricane supply kit. The kit should include water, non-perishable foods and special household items for children, pets and family members with special needs.
Encourage “Hurricane Warning” Preparedness
If a hurricane watch turns into a hurricane warning, it means that the possibility of a hurricane has become a probability, and that it is time to act. Encourage community members to always follow evacuation orders, check in with family in friends who aren’t in the area (and who are, if you can get through to them) and to pay attention to when the storm is anticipated to hit their area.
Keeping your community safe during a hurricane is difficult work, but with everyone on board, and with a firm action plan in mind, you can help to reduce the number of casualties and ensure the continued safety of all community members.