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Approaching Hurricane Necessitates A Review Of Survival Strategies

September 3, 2010 by  

Approaching hurricane necessitates a review of survival strategies The Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing, and with Earl barreling up the East Coast, it might be worth reviewing some safety and survival tips.

First of all, experts advise to start preparations as early as possible to avoid last minute rush and the possibility that stores will run out of supplies.

Therefore, families should take time to sit down and review their emergency plans, including where to go when a disaster strikes and how to reunite afterwards.

Each household should have enough water and non-perishable food supplies — such as canned and dried meats, fruits and vegetables — to last for a minimum of three days. A battery-powered radio to listen to announcements, including evacuation orders, and flashlights should also be part of every survival kit.

Experts also recommend locating important documents, especially insurance policies, ahead of a storm and putting them in a safe, water-tight place.

Finally, property owners should take time to protect what is often their main asset by boarding windows and doors, sandbagging around the premises and trimming bushes to avoid exterior damage.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people living in the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.

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    Since reading some comments left on other articles, seems like your advice of supplies, etc for 3 days will not cover what you need. Look to the aftermath of Katrina to see how long new supplies and aid will arrive, guess what, it was longer than 3 days. The folks there was told 2 days supplies and they ran out before FEMA and aid got to them.

  • Joe R.

    You need more than a 3 day supply of things. A month is better and my church says to have a 1 or 2 year supply on hand. They have been saying that for years. Also not many say to have guns and ammo on hand to defend what is yours and your family. I know that the anti-gun people will foam at the mouth at the mention of guns to defend yourself. However the police only have to defend society as a whole and not the single person or family. Besides the police will have their hands full trying to restore order in case of a disaster and will not be coming to your aid against looters and criminals.

  • Jim H.

    I guess the bottom line is be a grown up and don’t rely on uncle big government to take care of you. If you have children who rely on adults be sure you know how to get to them in an emergency. The precautions to take are pretty basic. If you give yourself enough preparation time you should be alright. Don’t wait until the day of the hurricane to look for plywood.

  • jessica

    And don’t forget an extensive first-aid kit, one that includes iodine, betadine, bleach (for sterilyzing drinking water, only a few drops are needed), needles & thread for stitching wounds, rubbing alcohol for sterilizing wounds to prevent infection, bandages and gauze, neosporine, over-the-counter painkillers, scizzors, tweezers, a very sharp pocket knife, straight razor or Stanley knife, and plenty of disposable cigarette lighters (because matches will get wet). If you are injured, it might be quite a long time before you see anything remotely resembling an ambulance.

  • jessica

    By the way: in a real disaster, the police will not have their hands full trying to restore order. They’ll be hunkered down at home protecting their own families. Can you blame them?

  • http://gmail i41

    The people and the coverage non stop of Earl, is just a slow news day. The wind in the west durning a blizzard is a given, We know when we get a blizzard warning, it will not be nice and better have food and water stored, along with a electric generator because power might be out for a few weeks. Live by the sea, by a river, or low ground, you probaly get wet, move and after a few hours of schock get on with life. Katerina wa a prime example you know a storm is coming, water up to your ankles and, whining about needing the government to rescue me.Out here we have normal years and some year it can be dry or we think we need webbed feet. But we don;t live near draws or streams, because the do flood at some time!

  • chuck b

    most of all don’t depend on the government to do what you yourself should be doing. katrina is a good example of people waiting for someone else to help them and refusing to help themselves. if you notice in the news coverage, grown men standing around waiting for help, they had ample notice of the danger yet refused to take the effort to protect their own family. a lot of them made the effort to loot stores. this is the liberal mentality, expect someone else to do what you should do. take a look at the filth they created in the stadium, too lazy to clean up after themselves. it was easier to blame bush.

    • Jim H.

      Chuck, Maybe they should have looted a grocery store instead of an electronics store. You wonder how they made it as long as they have. I’m hungry and have no electricity for the new plasma screen TV I just stole.

  • http://gmail i41

    chuck b, just the clumination of socialist unioned work forces and welfare multi generational slugs. Even in rural areas when farmers move out here in west of the Missori from Cal. or east coast, if there is bad or tough weather. First thing, is a group will try for more government money handouts. This is a tough area to live out a life, and government idoits don’t have a clue but wants everyone to depend on the government sow to take care of them. Usually the ones we get a real chuckle out of are the several degreed clowns that visit and buy in the late spring or early fall, and where they build, you can tell them where the building a situated it will get buried in snow or the ground will be like a bog for several weeks, but they are the “experts”. It usually take 3 years before they will take off and go back to the concrete jungle. About 11 years ago we had a lot of gang bangers of crimminal blacks and mexs raising hell. It went along until temps got down to a high of 0 or less durning the day, and -40 at night, and in less that 4 days, none of these pukes were to be found. So we like our severe sunners and harsh cold winters. Keeps the warm season crimminals at bay.

  • Carole Howell

    Good for you.


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