Well, hurricane season is upon us once again. So, we’re going to go over some hurricane preparedness in this post. A couple of topics that we’re going to cover in this article, actually three of them, one, is that information is king when it comes to being prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Two, some of the unique circumstances that surround hurricanes that you want to be ready for. Three, the situational awareness that you need to have to make sure that you’re doing everything right to keep you, yourself, your family, and your friends, safe, secure, and prepared.
Information is King
One of the good things, if there is such a thing, about hurricanes, is you have a little bit of time. You’re going to know what’s going on if it’s coming for you, if it may. In other words, you’re still not going to know exactly what the path is, but you have time, compared to some other natural disasters like earthquakes or tornadoes, when it’s just spur of the moment. With hurricanes, you have that opportunity to get a little bit more information and get informed about what’s going and all the stuff that you need to do beforehand. Also, you have to think about communications during the event, because there may be some power outages and stuff like that. If that happens you’re not going to have TV, or possibly even radio, to let you know how much longer it’s going to be, what the damages have been, and all of that. Good communications throughout the whole process especially the beginning and during, are crucial.
In the beginning stages, information can help you figure out what you need to do. Do you stay? Do you go? Do you board up the house and try to ride it out? It’s a tough situation to figure out. Then like the last hurricanes that just happened in Florida, there was, for a couple of days leading up to it, they were thinking that the Miami part of the state was going to get hit the worst, and then like a day before that, it turned and hit a different part. Information is critical, in the beginning, because you just never know what’s going to go on.
Information is critical because, one, it feeds into what we talked about, one of the key points we talked about a little bit ago was your situational awareness. If you don’t know that the hurricane is coming, or you’re not keeping an eye on it, and you can go to those websites, and you see it all over the internet and such before a hurricane hits, they’re showing the possible storm tracks. Well, up to a day or two before, you see those hurricanes, they could go on to the Gulf, they could up the Atlantic Seaboard, you never know. It’s critical that when you do hear of a hurricane, and I know a lot of us don’t watch TV anymore because TV is what it is nowadays. However, there are weather apps on your phone; there’s national weather service, get online, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone area, and check that out during hurricane season
You should make weather check part of your daily ritual, to check out what the weather is, and look at the forecast, so you know what’s coming, so you can be better prepared, and feed that situational awareness. Because, if it’s turning and it’s not coming towards you, you can relax. The closer it gets to you, the more you need to stay aware, because not only are you planning everything on that, but everybody around you is also planning. If you delay in your preparations, or you delay in evacuating your area, you could find yourself in a world of hurt. Just because like Hurricane Katrina showed, you could be stuck out on the road, or wherever you’re trying to get, and in a big hurricane, with hundred plus mile per hour winds, that’s just not the place you want to be. Trees coming down, power lines, and all that. Which kind of leads us to our other point on the different unique things that come along with a hurricane.
If you think about a lot of the disasters that preppers plan for, there’s a lot of overlap in the things that you need, which are generally, food, water, shelter, fire, and stuff like that. There are a few unique things when it comes to hurricanes. The first one that kind of comes to mind for me is flooding. In a lot of disaster scenarios, we don’t consider necessarily consider flooding.
Water damage can be a huge deal. If you’ve ever had your house flood out, or your water heater break, or something like that, you know that even just a little bit of water can do a whole lot of damage. It can introduce mold issues, which makes your house unlivable. It’s dangerous for your health. Think about where you’re located and where the flood planes are. If you go to your local county GIS system, you can look at the different levels. You can find a map for your property. You can find the different levels of the 100-year flood, or the 500-year flood, and things like that. You can see how water might come into where you’re living.
Beyond that, with hurricanes, because you deal with high winds, there’s a lot of flying debris. You’re going to have trees flying around, huge hurricanes. If there’s just something that was loose on the road, or in the neighbor’s yard, could hop over. I think we’ve all seen those videos of trampolines getting picked up in the air and getting thrown down the street.
If a hurricane comes and if you have to flee your house, well those are hazards that you’re going to have to consider. They could also come and hit your house, or your car, and do damage there. If something were to come and hit your car, or maybe hail was to hurt your car in some way, you just eliminated your means of escape if you ever had to. It’s things like that that we need to think about.
Yeah, and I think when you talked about escape, there are some good points for people to remember. One, when it comes to your car if you know a hurricane is coming, and you’re not planning on leaving any time soon, maybe you don’t think it’s going to hit you, get your car out of the driveway if you have any trees near you or power poles. Because most of us have power poles that run down our sidewalks. If that blocks your driveway, you’re stuck. Make sure you have an alternate means of egress if you have to. Make sure your vehicle is not parked near that power pole, because when it smashes the hell out of your car, now you’re stuck. Or, if the power lines are sitting there cooking off next to your car that’s too.
Another one that a lot of people, especially if you lived on the coast, found out the hard way during Hurricane Katrina is to have an ax or something in your attic. A lot of people were stuck in their houses when the floodwaters came, they couldn’t leave their homes, so they went to their attic to try to escape the water, and the water rose past their attic. Some people drowned in their attic. You want to make sure, hey, put some long-term food up there, put some fresh water, or a water filter up there, and have a way to get out of that attic. Heck, for those people I’d put a life preserver up in my attic. You just never know. You know, people always say that they’re normalcy bias, “I would never have to do that,” but hey, Hurricane Katrina has proven that yes, that’s a possibility.
As preppers, everyone talks about what’s going to happen. What do I need to do? It’s all kind of common sense. I suppose if you live in Florida, or Louisiana, this is all pretty basic, common sense stuff, like Johnathan Hollerman mentioned in a podcast, about how he doesn’t consider preparing for hurricanes and stuff like that preparing, it’s just common sense. It kind of is, but I think the preparing part of it. As preppers, we should all have plenty to get through a hurricane, right? Plenty of food, plenty of water, all that stuff, that’s a few days, maybe a week or so. It’s that stuff that happens afterward that is a big deal.
You Don’t Have to Prepare!
I think you run into people who say, you know, “Hey, you don’t have to prepare for this,” or whatever. A lot of people, because the weather forecasts are completely off, or they’re near misses, they take them for granted until one barrel’s down and hits you, and it changes the story. So, plan for the worst, hope for the best. Take those into account. I think the biggest thing people need to do is not stick around too long thinking, “Well, let’s see if we can dodge it. Maybe it’s going to turn,” because when you stick around too long, you may run out of options. The closer you get to the point of that hurricane hitting, the fewer options you have in case it is hitting you because everybody else around you is doing the same thing. You’re going to be stuck in the middle of that craziness.
It’s kind of what we do as preppers anyway. We know we’re on our own, we’re trying to be self-reliant as possible, trying to be self-sufficient, and it’s the same type of thing. After that, you just, people, people are the X-factor. You just never know how things are going to unfold, and how destroyed your city, or wherever you’re at, how destroyed that is, what types of people are going to be looking to take advantage, you just never know. That’s almost, you get through the first part, and then it’s, “Okay now that’s part one. Now that … almost the dangerous people part comes in.”
Another with hurricanes is, it’s a real-world thing that’s happening. Maybe it’s not even happening in your area, but like if you have a reluctant spouse or someone is important to you that you want to talk to about prepping, you don’t even have to use the prepping and all the language that kind of goes along with it. You just talking about the hurricane, and they’ll say, “Oh yeah, I went to the store, and there was no water there.” You know, so the gears start kind of turning. It’s not like this the sky is falling type of situation. It can be a good gateway kind of thing for people. Maybe you’re not going to convert them 100%, but you can at least get their foot in the door.