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Getting Your Family Through A Hurricane
getting your family through a hurricane

If you live on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast of the United States, you will be within the range of hurricanes.  Officially, the hurricane season lasts from June 1 until November 30, but most hurricanes will occur during August and September, when air and water temperatures are highest.  Many homes have been built right on the beach in these areas to take advantage of recreational and leisure activities.  However, convenient as these homes may be to water sports, they are also the most vulnerable should a hurricane make landfall.  These buildings are often no more than a foot or so above sea level, so it is easy to understand why they will be damaged quite easily by a hurricane, even one that merely ‘breezes’ by and never comes onto the shore.

Evacuation

For people living only inches above sea level, the only option is really to evacuate, your home will definitely be flooded and possibly destroyed by high water or a storm surge.  Although people are often reluctant to leave home, even in the face of a major hurricane because they fear their home will be looted, it is much better to come back to an empty house, than not to come back at all.

Hopefully, you will have prepared some emergency kits to take with you to assure you and your family of as much comfort as possible during an evacuation.  Be sure to have some extra money stashed in one of your kits, too, as you may not be able to access ATMs for some time.

If You Are Able To Stay

Many people are able to stay in their homes during a hurricane as they are either far enough from shore or at a high enough elevation to permit this.  You should be away, however, that basic services will probably be interrupted for the duration of the storm at least.  In all probability, you will not have lights, which means that you will not only have to have provided some sort of lighting, but emergency water.  If you have a quality counter top filter, you will be able to put anything but sea water through it to provide safe, clean water for everyone, otherwise, you will have to depend upon your stored water supply.

You should also have enough emergency food on hand to last you for a week, and the longer the better.  Some means of cooking on an emergency basis should also be available, and there are quite a few inexpensive camp stoves that can be used for this.  Make sure you have enough fuel on hand for your stove.

It is easy for minor injuries to occur during a hurricane, as it is at any other time, but having a first aid kit on hand will make it much easier for you to take care of any small wounds. 

Keep An Eye On Everyone

Do not let anyone wander around outside the house during the hurricane; it is all too easy for people to be harmed by flying debris or falling branches or trees.  Some people like to gawk at the waves coming in, but this is only an excellent way for a large wave to pick them up and carry them off.  You should also keep all pets safely inside during the storm, and afterwards all pets should be on a leash when taken outside.