From category one to category five, hurricanes are devastating storms that can cause incredible amounts of damage in very little time. Luckily science and technology have made it easier to predict and forecast hurricanes that originate in the warm waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean before they churn up the coasts of North America and the Gulf Coast region. Hurricane Katrina is the most recent hurricane to cause catastrophic damage, particularly to the city of New Orleans, and the remnants of the 2005 storm are still being felt today. If you live in a region that is prone to hurricanes, including Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and the Bahamas take the necessary steps to protect your home and family so you are prepared for a hurricane.
Marked by winds that can reach up to 160mph, torrential rain and storm surges, hurricanes can wreak havoc along coastlines from Texas to Massachusetts. Any area that borders the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico is at risk for a potentially devastating hurricane. Even inland areas near a coast can feel the damaging effects if the hurricane is in the high category four or five class. If you live in an area that has been issued a hurricane watch or hurricane warning take the alert very seriously and prepare your home and your family by stocking up on fully equipped disaster kits and first aid supplies.
When hurricanes strike you can expect the following to occur: loss of power, in some cases for days, damage to roofs, low level flooding, broken windows, uprooted trees, downed power lines and structural damage to buildings. Hurricanes gather strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall where coastlines bear the brunt of these powerful storms. With terrific sustained winds that can reach up to 160mph, hurricanes often blow away anything in its path. From cars and roofs to trees and houses on weak foundations a category five hurricane can cause a wide swath of destruction in a matter of hours. When a hurricane strikes the only thing you can do is hide in a safe place such as a basement or storm shelter. However, when the storm has passed you may be in for days without power and must take the necessary precautions to handle the effects of a hurricane.
No matter what category of hurricane is barreling your way there are essential supplies you should have on hand to deal with the aftermath:
• Duct Tape
• Bandages and Anti-bacterial ointments
• Portable toilets, shovels and axes
• Candles, flashlights, batteries and waterproof matches
• Poly tarps
• Waterproof containers and document storage bags
• Canned food, purified drinking water and blankets
Again, hurricanes often down power lines and leave large areas without power for days and in some cases weeks so it is imperative that you prepare in advance by having supplies that can sustain your family while waiting for power to be restored. You also need to factor in the likelihood of damage being done to the roof of your home which is why you should have a durable poly tarp to provide temporary cover and blankets to keep your family warm should the days after be marked by damp and cold weather conditions.
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