A hurricane consists of significant rotating winds with wind speeds of more than 74 mph (119 km). They are a moving spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that create heavy rains and causes destruction on its wake depending on its location and strength.
Recently, a super typhoon (the name used for hurricanes in Asia) called Yolanda struck the Philippine archipelago back in 2013 leaving thousands of dead bodies and billions worth of damages to infrastructure in the country.
That’s how deadly and dangerous hurricanes can be and why it’s essential to be prepared ahead of the storm to ensure your safety.
What are the Hurricanes?
Hurricanes are natural disasters. These are tropical cyclones which generally forms over warm waters.
Depending on their strength, speed, and location, they can be destructive once they hit the land. When it reaches the ground, it usually creates storm surge (a rise in sea water caused by a strong storm). Storm surge combined with heavy rain and strong winds causes flooding and destruction, especially in coastal areas, destroy everything on its path, including buildings, houses, trees, etc.
Safety Tips for Surviving a Hurricane
It’s a good thing that tropical storms like hurricanes are now possible to predict and track thanks to the advancements in modern technology. Weather forecasters are now able to provide accurate information about an incoming hurricane and warn citizens.
But just because hurricanes and tropical storms are now predictable, it doesn’t mean that you don’t prepare in advance for them. The only way to survive this destructive natural phenomenon is to be prepared way ahead.
Here are tips to help you prepare for a hurricane in advance:
- Prepare a survival kit. Your survival kit must contain water, enough food, medicine, clothing, and other emergency necessities.
- Be sure to prune the trees around near your home. It will help minimize the amount of debris that might be blown away by the strong winds of the hurricane.
- Unclog all the canals and gutters near you to help prevent flooding.
- Secure your house. Use straps and clips to protect your roof from strong winds.
- If you are living in high grounds, be sure to evacuate immediately. Strong winds brought by hurricanes are stronger in high-level areas than in low-level areas.
- Evacuate as soon as possible, especially if you live in coastal areas.
- Be aware of the news about the hurricane. Listen to the alerts that the authorities have issued and evacuate your area.
Once the tropical storm hits your area, the first thing you want to do is to remain calm as much as you can and do the following:
- Keep your windows and doors closed during the tropical storm.
- Evacuate immediately once the authorities have issued an order to do so.
- If evacuation is not possible, stay in the lowest level of your house, probably a basement.
- Have emergency lights and flashlight ready. Tropical storms tend to destroy power lines, which can cause an extended power outage.
- Listen to the radio or watch the TV for any updates about the storm.
- Don’t ever try to get out of your house or building once the storm suddenly lulls. It could be that your area is sitting at the eye of the storm. The wind will return in a couple of minutes. Go out only unless the authorities have issued an order that the hurricane is gone completely.
- After the storm, avoid having contact with the flood as they can cause diseases.
- Drain all materials around your property where rainwater mostly accumulate.
- Be careful when cleaning off your property after the storm. There could be some debris or objects that may injure you.
Preparing in advance for an incoming hurricane requires a lot of work. But if you do all of them properly and you follow all the instructions provided by the authorities, your chances of survival against a tropical storm becomes high.