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Newly updated as of May 2021. Do you live in a hurricane zone? Are you prepared? Do you know what you need at a minimum? Do you know what to do if caught in one? Are you prepared for the aftermath?

Newly updated as of May 2021. Do you live in a hurricane zone? Are you prepared? Do you know what you need at a minimum? Do you know what to do if caught in one? Are you prepared for the aftermath?

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Prepare for, Survive and Live After a Hurricane

  1. 1. Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Hurricane
  2. 2. The National Hurricane Center keeps a map of the likelihood of hurricanes and storms. The link is later in this slideshow. How Likely Is A Hurricane In Your Area?
  3. 3. How Likely Is a Hurricane In Your Area?
  4. 4. If it’s not secured, it can move. In a change to a long-standing practice it is recommended YOU DO NOT TAPE YOUR WINDOWS. It just makes the shards larger and more dangerous if they blow out. Board windows. Plywood is easiest. There are ways to protect windows long term. In Boulder, Colorado, we had roll down steel shutters facing the mountains because we would get hundred mile an hour windows down off them. Do not crack windows open to “relieve pressure.” Preparing Your Home
  5. 5. Fasten your roof with tie down straps. Turn off gas and/or propane. Secure all outdoor furniture. Put in pool in you have one. Clear debris away that will become projectiles in high wind. Close garage doors. Preparing Your Home
  6. 6. Your Home Turn your freezer and refrigerator to their coldest settings. Pack any coolers with as much ice as possible and use this first before opening fridge once power goes out. Fill bathtubs with water. Make sure all vehicles are topped off. Know where the closest shelter for you and pets is. Unplug everything. Do not use tap water after a storm until certain it’s not contaminated. This is why water is a priority as seen later.
  7. 7. It’s too late to prepare once the hurricane is on you. There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying many of these same items, so get this now so you have it ready. This sounds trite, but after every hurricane, everyone lists these following items as things they wished they’d had on hand. Not only for the hurricane itself, but as importantly, for living afterwards in the chaos. What To Have Ready BEFORE!
  8. 8. Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple Red Cross Hurricane App for Android National Hurricane Center Web Site Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help and giving location, and for finding your family and friends. Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through than a voice call. Click on links below to get apps and check web site.
  9. 9. Be ready to evacuate. Besides your Grab-n-Go bag (link at end) here are special considerations and advice from those who’ve been affected by hurricanes. -fuel your car and keep it topped off, even if you think you are not under direct threat. -it’s always good to have extra fuel. See my slideshow on what you need in your automobile. -make a video of everything in your house and store it in the cloud, on a thumb drive, and elsewhere for insurance purposes. Preparation
  10. 10. Pack enough supplies (Grab-n-Go) but water is the most critical! Keep receipts of everything you buy while evacuated. Preparation
  11. 11. Key things to pack: Drivers license/photo ID/Passport Social Security Card Bank and credit cards Health insurance card Roadside assistance card Cash Extra fuel WATER Preparation
  12. 12. Key things to pack: Phone charger Deed for house Insurance paperwork Prescriptions First aid kit ( a complete list is in Survival Guide) Preparation
  13. 13. Have a secure, water and fireproof lockbox always packed and ready to be grabbed. Also, uploading the information into the cloud gives you a backup.
  14. 14. Have enough for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend at least two cases per person. If you evacuate take these supplies with you. WATER
  15. 15. You must have a way of quickly filtering water for your family. There are numerous ones available. Here is one I purchased. There is also a slightly more expensive system that doesn’t require pumping and works via gravity. Either one can be a lifesaver for your family after a hurricane. click on images for links
  16. 16. If ordered to evacuate, do so. This means you need to plan ahead. Do you have a place to evacuate to? Motels and hotels will fill up quickly. Do you have family or friends you can stay with? It’s too late to plan this once the order to evacuate is announced. Also, have an out of area emergency Point of Contact that everyone in the family knows. This is the person everyone contacts to assure they are all right if they can’t get in contact with each other. Make sure everyone has key phone numbers WRITTEN DOWN in case their cell phone is lost or runs out of power and they have to use someone else’s or a landline. EVACUATE
  17. 17. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  18. 18. Being able to see in the dark is key. Batteries tend to be heavy and get used up but AA/AAA are light and small. Also, with solar, you can use rechargeable lights. Consider the following array: Handcrank light (the one below also has window breaker, seatbelt cutter, USB cell phone charger); an LED rechargeable; a headlamp for moving and doing things in camp; and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on images. Light
  19. 19. Power becomes an issue. I’ve become a fan of solar, which allows a renewable power source from nature. The small solar power bank on the left is light and in my day pack. The more powerful one on the right is heavier. It’s attacked by velcro to my Jeep dashboard facing the windshield. It is very likely that you will not have power after a hurricane. These can recharge your phone and light. Power
  20. 20. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  21. 21. How to turn off the water coming into the house. How to turn off the power. Where the safe spots in the house are. Where the family ERP- emergency rally point— outside the house where all will gather is. Who the single out of area emergency point of contact is for the entire family. Everyone in your household needs to know:
  22. 22. The safest place is a basement. Stay away from windows and doors. The strongest room is often the bathroom or a walk in closet, or closest to the center of the house. In a two story house, the strongest wall is the stairwell. If no basement, stay on the first floor. If a window or door is bowing from the wind DO NOT push back on it. The wind is stronger than you. Protect yourself. Use flashlights, NOT candles! You do not want an open flame, especially as there are often gas leaks. During A Hurricane If Indoors.
  23. 23. Remember that a tidal surge can cause flooding. Storm Surge is VERTICAL! We had a neighbor on Hilton Head Island who thought it was horizontal. Just saying.
  24. 24. Do not light a match. Don’t move too much as you can cause further collapse. Tap on something, preferably a pipe, with something hard, rather than yell as you could inhale toxic dust. If you can see light and have a path, crawl toward it. If you encounter vertical rubble, check to see if it is load bearing before moving anything. Do not run a generator from inside your house or garage even if you open the windows. Do not run one on your balcony as you could be venting exhaust into your neighbor’s. During A Hurricane: If trapped.
  25. 25. Seriously. Evacuate. EVACUATE
  26. 26. More Free Information I constantly update free, downloadable slideshows like this on my web site for preparation and survival and other topics. FREE SLIDESHOWS Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for those interested in properly preparing for their specific circumstances.
  27. 27. The guide on the left is the complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab- n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  28. 28. The Book "The best preparation guide available, bar none. A must have for anyone concerned about man-made and natural disasters. Mayer points out that preparation is key and he walks the reader through it, each section building on the one before. From page one, I felt more prepared. Get it!" Assembly Magazine.
  29. 29. New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets and also runs the SERE school: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. www.bobmayer.com

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