It’s been a hot summer so far, but with hot summers also come heavy rains, and possible hurricanes. Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th every year. Hurricanes are a triple-threat disaster that could bring heavy rain, heavy winds, and flooding. This season, we were lucky to avoid Hurricane Hector, but it was a good reminder to prepare for when disaster may strike. Here are a few useful tips for disaster preparedness:
Thanks to today’s technology, there are so many different ways to get real time information on hurricanes and other impending natural disasters. Tune in to your TV or radio for your trusted news source. Check your phone or computer for current updates on Social Media. Did you know that certain social media platforms also allow you to mark yourself “safe” during a known disaster in your area?
Know Your Escape Routes
Some disasters may call for an evacuation. In the event that you do need to leave, make sure you have a route (and an alternate route!) planned out. If you are ordered to leave, do so right away; waiting or ignoring the order can be dangerous. Make sure all family members are accounted for, including pets. Check if your local shelter will allow pets; if they don’t, have an alternative plan to keep them safe.
Secure Your Home
While certain disasters require you to leave, other scenarios might force you to shelter in place. In the event that you are stuck at home, make sure your house is secure and safe enough to stay in. Stock up on material that you can use to board up your windows during strong winds. Keep a generator handy for when the power goes out.
Stock Up on Food
Generally speaking, you should have enough food to last 3 days per person. However, because Hawaii is so isolated and it may take longer for help to come during a disaster, it is suggested that you should stock up on food to last at least a couple of weeks. The best food to stock up on are non-perishables, such as canned food, cereals, canned juice, protein bars, dried food. If you have a baby, don’t forget to stock up on baby food for them and also pet food for your pets.