Preparing for Hurricane Season

hurricane season

Experts are predicting more severe hurricanes for the East Coast over the next few years. And it won’t be long before “hurricane season” begins.

Now is the time to get ready to weather the storm. Continue reading

Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

The aftermath of Monday’s devastating hurricane is another reminder about why being prepared is so important. It has nothing to do with fanatics worried about zombies. It has everything to do with being ready to care for your family if the unthinkable happens.

A friend of mine in New York commented that last year they had an earthquake a week before Hurricane Irene. This year they had an earthquake before being hit by Hurricane Sandy. She said these things used to rarely hit New York, and now they are becoming normal. Continue reading

Shelter in Place or Evacuate

Depending on the emergency, you may need to “shelter in place” or evacuate. You should have a plan for each scenario and make sure your family is familiar with that plan.

Evacuation

When you are ordered to evacuate an area, that isn’t the best time to figure out your game plan. And the best evacuation plan is utilized before the evacuation order takes place.

First, learn what dangers are likely to lead to an evacuation order in your area. Is you are prone to flooding? Hurricanes? Wildfires? Do you know where you will go? Continue reading

Hurricane Preparedness

Aftermath of Katrina

Damage from Hurricane Katrina

According to FEMA, between the years of 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from inland flooding brought on by hurricanes than from any other hurricane-related weather hazard.

Since it is still hurricane season, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss being prepared for hurricane and the dangers they bring.

Your Kit

If you live in an area that is affected by hurricanes, you need a kit. No ifs, ands or buts about it. FEMA offers a recommended supply list that includes: Continue reading