How To Plan For A Hurricane To Conquer It

How To Plan For A Hurricane To Conquer It

You see My Friend, Hurricanes are extremely unforgiving—a literal force to be reckoned with. And they could wipe you out along with your family in an instant and in All Areas Of Life. And When the local authorities say evacuate, they mean business. No matter how solid your house is or how many hurricanes you have survived, do not wait it out. It’s better to come home to a house that is still standing than to be stranded and risk your life trying to brave the storm. Be prepared to leave and be away as long as is necessary. The best way to help others that are stranded is to alert authorities. Resist the urge to 
return home before officials let you know that the coast is clear.

Preparedness for All Hazards Of a Hurricane Emergency preparedness for a Hurricane requires attention not just to specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard. The resources below are intended to help professionals And Families along with Individuals take an all-hazards approach to preparedness. Meaning You, my Friend.  

The Health Alert Network (HAN)
HAN is a strong national program that provides Health Alerts, Health Advisories, Updates, and Info Service Messages to State and Local Health Officers, Public Information Officers, Epidemiologists and HAN Coordinators as well as Clinician organizations. Peruse through archived HANs here. 

Know your evacuation zone. Plan to relocate if your home is in an evacuation zone or is a mobile home. Develop travel routes, home preparedness and damage mitigation efforts. Ensure you have adequate insurance for vehicles, personal property, and real estate. If you rent or lease and apartment, ensure you have a "renter’s insurance policy" and that your geographic location and residence are accurately recorded with your insurance company. 

SNAPS: SnapShots of State Population Data
SNAPS provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels.   

Preparation and Planning
Personal preparedness, Homes, businesses, healthcare facilities… 
Create a household disaster plan. Plan to meet your family in case you are separated. Choose an out-of-town contact for everyone to call to say they are safe. Locate the nearest public shelter as a back up to your primary plan. Retrofit roofs and structure for strong winds and other storm hazards. Consider the gutters and downspouts, protection/coverings for windows (not tape), parking and storage of vehicles (cars, boats, etc.). 

Case definitions, illness recognition and detection, planning, systems… 
Training & Education
Risk communications, public health and clinical training, laboratory training…

Prepare surrounding areas to reduce debris that can be blown and cause damage. Obtain supplies to protect your property and for survival. Arrange for the safe keeping of your pets. They cannot be taken to public shelters. Make a complete inventory of personal property; take photographs or video of major items Ensure your directorate’s Disaster Preparedness Officer or designated Point of Contact knows your anticipated evacuation location. Also include anticipated location of dependents if you expect separate locations. Include email addresses and telephone numbers for each location.   

Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event -- Trauma and mental health resources… 
Identify your risk of Flood Damage. If you own a home and flooding may be a threat, contact your insurance company and ensure you have coverage against flooding. Flood insurance often requires separate coverage. There is usually a two week waiting period prior to the coverage going into effect. For more information, see the National Flood Insurance Program.  Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA). COCA establishes partnerships with national clinician organizations to communicate information about disease outbreaks and terrorism events… 

Healthcare Facilities
Resources for individuals at health care facilities tasked with ensuring that their facility is as prepared as possible for an emergency… 

Your first concern after a disaster is your family’s health and safety. You need to consider possible safety issues and monitor family health and well-being.

Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury. If you must move an unconscious person, first stabilize the neck and back, then call for help immediately. If the victim is not breathing, carefully position the victim for artificial respiration, clear the airway, and commence mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Maintain body temperature with blankets. Be sure the victim does not become overheated. Never try to feed liquids to an unconscious person.   

Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. Get enough rest. Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well. Wear sturdy work boots and gloves. Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and clean water often when working in debris. Buy our Hygiene Kit, which helps you keep clean when fresh water may not be available. 

Be aware of new safety issues created by the disaster. Watch for washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring, and slippery floors. Inform local authorities about health and safety issues, including chemical spills, downed power lines, washed out roads, smoldering insulation, and dead animals

Risk Communicator
The Risk Communicator is produced by CDC's Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB). Think ahead and take video or photos of your property before you leave. This will help later on with any insurance checklist claims for damage that may need to be filed.

If staying with relatives is not an option, consider booking a room in a hotel or motel in another nearby town or state. Make sure to get directions and put them in the car ahead of time. It is easy to forget that piece of paper in the rush out the door. A cheaper route might be to find temporary hurricane shelters. Usually nearby towns not in the direct path of the hurricane will provide these for people in need. 

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your pet will have a place in a motel or hotel. Keep this in mind, and try to find alternate housing like pet-friendly hotels and motels or dog boarding kennels in areas out of the path of the storm until it is safe to return home. Designate a spot, in the hall closet, to keep a bag of clothes for each person in the household. Make sure to include sleeping gear if you plan on going to a temporary shelter.   

Along with overnight clothes, consider stocking your Hurricane Be aware of the latest weather forecast. Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand in case your area loses power, causing ATM machines and banks to close down as well. Make a plan for your family, business and property. Assemble a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications. Purchase flood insurance in advance of the storm.

During these trying times of Natural Disasters and Devastation, you simply just can not afford to stick your head in the sand while your loved ones are counting on you. Take Charge Today and Never Be A Victim.  By James Dazouloute  


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