It appears there are fiercer hurricanes with intenser winds occuring more frequently.
Hopefully this article will be helpful in enabling you to cope better in a hurricane
Surviving any type of hurricane depends on one VERY IMPORTANT fact. You MUST know
what category the hurricane is going to be or that you can obtain the information as
soon as possible.
While you could huddle at home and sit out a category 1 or category 2 hurricane, if
it’s a category 3 or 4 or 5, your best option is to evacuate and get as far away
from the hurricane’s path as soon as possible and as fast as you can.
Let’s look at the wind speed of the different hurricanes.
* Category 1: 74-95 mph
* Category 2: 96-110 mph
* Category 3: 111-130 mph
* Category 4: 131-155 mph
* Category 5: 156 mph and higher
The amount of damage a hurricane can inflict rises exponentially with each category
– from minimal damage all the way up to catastrophic damage at a category 5 level.
Your best plan of action is to first listen to weather broadcasts and see what the
experts are predicting. If they’re asking you to evacuate, listen to them and evacuate.
Speed is crucial. Usually, during times of crisis, roads often get blocked because
everyone is trying to get away at the same time. Being ahead of everyone else will
get you to your destination much quicker and without hold ups.
This is one reason why you must have bug-out-bags that are ready to go. A prepper’s
mindset is very different for a normal person. You always need to be alert and ready
with a plan to evacuate if things get dangerous.
That means always having enough fuel for your car to make a quick getaway. It means
knowing exactly how to turn off your electricity, gas mains, propane tanks, etc.
You’ll need to follow storm warning and weather reports. You’d have a good idea of
what’s the best route to follow during an evacuation. Usually, you’ll be so
well-informed that you’d be ahead of everyone else. If it’s a category 1 or
category 2 hurricane, you could stay at home and wait for the hurricane to pass
It goes without saying that the best way to survive is to be prepared well beforehand.
Ideally, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you should install shutters for
all your windows.
Reinforcing your roof is one of the best things you could do. A hurricane could easily
rip off a poorly secured roof and leave everyone in the house exposed.
Turn off your gas supply. The hurricane might snap a gas line.
Move all patio furniture into your house or the garage if possible. These objects will
become flying projectiles during a hurricane. The same applies to flower pots, toys,
garden gnomes, etc. If it can be tossed, it’s best you shelter it.
Keep away from the windows. There are 2 schools of thought here – some people believe
that taping windows will prevent the glass from shattering all over the house. Others
believe that taping doesn’t help, and the glass pieces that fly are just bigger now.
The best way to approach this is to use window shutters as previously mentioned and
avoid being near the windows as much as you can.
Always have a first aid kit in the house. You should have basic first aid knowledge.
If you’ve been storing food and water supplies, that is excellent. If not, you’ll
need to take immediate steps to store as much water as you can.
Hurricanes can cause storm surges and inland flooding. This will contaminate the
water supply and you’ll be short of drinking water. Keeping a water filtration device
such as a LifeStraw for every family member will help.
You should also have water purification tablets, etc. During a hurricane, the power
could go out and boiling water may not be an option.
Adhere to these tips and always remember that proper prevention will give you the
edge when it comes to surviving these weather catastrophes.