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Hurricane is a tropical cyclone characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that cause heavy rainfall. They mostly occur during late summer and early fall months.
Surviving a hurricane involves a lot of preparation, knowing what must be done during the hurricane and taking appropriate measures after it has passed through. Here is the list of ten most effective tips that must be followed to survive a hurricane.
According to FEMA and NOAA, preparations to survive a hurricane must start before 1st June. Keep the Family Disaster Plan handy and every family member must have an Emergency Disaster Supply Kit as the hurricane can cause to relocate at any moment. There must be several exit routes known to everyone. Tasks such as turning off tap, gas and switches must be known to even the youngest one in the house.
Having a generator will ensure the adequate power supply. Generators require maintenance and servicing on a regular basis. Read the instruction manual properly and ask the retailer for a demo.
Power cut during storm can spoil the food items such as meat, dairy products etc. kept in the refrigerator. Use pot to store water and make sure that drinking water is regularly changed. Clean the bath tub and fill it with water which can be used for bathing and toilet flushing even after the storm.
If you go at a place located in north of storm, you will be comparatively safer as the storm will lose its strength by the time it reaches there. Mobile homes must be evacuated as there is greater possibility of their destruction during the storm. Pay due attention to your pets and take them along with you as they can be wounded or even killed during the storm.
It's better to remain at the ground floor during the hurricane possibly in the corridor or washroom.
You must be very careful even after 30 minutes as there are chances of breakage of the glass windows.
If there is any type of collapse caused in your building, you must move away immediately out of it.
Your pets seek your special attention after the storm as they might have experienced severe distress during the havoc.
Use a pump to reduce the water level gradually. Pumping speedily can increase the risk of damage to your house.