Residence in a place where hurricane season is going to be inevitable a smart thing to do is to plan ahead in reference to safety measures necessary for your infrastructure and yourself while you’re in it. In order to do so the preparation and planning of the infrastructure itself plays a primary role. The following discourse will cover useful safety tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and what measures to follow when dealing with the aftermath.
In order to ensure minimum damage to the following guidelines should be paid heed:
- Incase you have a shed, ensure that you seal the doors tightly shut or the strong hurricane winds will likely blow it off its hinges and turn them into a dangerous projectiles.
- Do not leave out any flags, swings, house ornaments such a as wreaths, wind chimes or sculptures for not only will you lose them they might end up becoming a liability in case something like a sculpture ends up being thrown against your house itself, causing significant damage.
- Check pool covers to ensure that they are secure.
- Be careful in case you experience storm surge flooding. These high waves can be deadlier than hurricane winds. It is best to stay away from low-lying areas of your infrastructure during this situation.
- In the recesses of your home the place where you’re likely to experience little harm is your basement. If you do not have one go to an inside room, without windows on the lowest floor. This could be a centre hallway, closet or bathroom.
- For further safety it is advisable to stay under a particularly sturdy object such as a heavy table or workbench. Encapsulating oneself entirely by draping a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress over the top to protect your head is also pivotal. Avoid shelter where heavy objects such as pianos or refrigerators have been placed on the floor overhead for they could fall through the floor in case the structure is struck by harsh winds.
- Avoid staying in a mobile home during a tornado for it is likely that they’ll turn over during the string winds even if they have a tie-down system.
- Refrain from seeking shelter in a long-span building such as a shopping mall, theatre or gymnasium since the entirety of the roof structure is usually supported merely with the aid of the boundary walls rendering them incapable of withstanding pressure, causing them to collapse.
- Fill the bathtubs and sinks with water to ensure that you have enough flush the toilets and use for other necessary purposes in case there is an issue with the water supply.
- Power outage may be highly likely thus ensure the availability of a fully-charged phone in case of emergency. Likewise adjust the refrigerator temperature to the maximum cooling settings to prevent any potential food deterioration if the power goes out.
- Unplug all the electronic devices, remove fuses for air-conditioning units, turn off gas to prevent leakage.
- Create a map of our house or apartment building and make sure to go around with all the family members to discuss possible escape routes from your home if necessary.
- Call your insurance company and make sure your insurance policy is updated and the mortgage on the house is secured.
While a hurricane is blowing. Make sure to stay under cover and in shelter until the storm blows over. Do not under any circumstances stand near the windows. Refrain from going out of your shelter until it is absolutely confirmed that the storm has blown over for the eye of the storm may create a temporary and deceptive lull.
Following a tornado some other measures need to be taken into account:
- Be cautious of possible structural, electrical or gas leakage related mishaps in your home.
- Refrain from using generators, camp hobs, grills, or any devices that generates power by burning gasoline, propylene, natural gas or charcoal within the bounds of your infrastructure or even outside for that matter near an open window. This is due to the exhaust fumes from carbon monoxide which can build up and result in leading to extreme cases of illness or even sudden death upon inhalation.
- Refrain from entering into structures that have been damaged ensuring that you do not handle power lines or objects in contact with these power lines. In case you come across frayed wires or sparks you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker.
Cleaning up debris and recovering infrastructure can be a cause of great concern and burden following a natural calamity which is why we at Find SkipBins extend our hand in providing service to aid the removal and disposal of the wreckage left behind by the storm to ensure that you set out on a faster road to recovery from the catastrophic experience.