How To Prepare For A Hurricane

August 26, 2011 by USA Post 

How To Prepare For A HurricaneHow To Prepare For A Hurricane, American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania: The threat of Hurricane Irene is considering for this weekend is a very important reminder that we all have to be prepared for emergencies.

A hurricane can cause flooding, which are among the most frequent natural disasters and expensive. The conditions that cause heavy rains or floods are constant for several hours or days to saturate the soil. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low area.

Staying safe: Listen to radio and television stations area and NOAA weather radio for flood warnings and reports of possible flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service.

Be prepared to evacuate at any time.

When a flood warning or flash flood is issued for your area, go to higher ground and stay there.

Stay away from floodwaters. If you find a stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep off her feet.

If you encounter a flooded roadway while driving around and go another way. If you are trapped on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the vehicle and move to higher ground. Most cars can be carried by less than two feet of moving water.

Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack of running water view or water.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

Keep supplies on hand:

Water – at least for three days, one gallon per person per day

Food – at least for three days of nonperishable easy to prepare food


Battery-powered radio or handle (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Drugs (an offer of 7 days) and medical (hearing aids with batteries, eyeglasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (list of medications and pertinent medical information, write / lease house, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with charger

The family and emergency contact information


Emergency blanket

Map (s) of the area

Let your family know you’re safe. If your community experienced a flood or any disaster, registering on the site of the American Red Cross Safe and Well Website for your family and friends about their welfare. If you do not have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO register yourself and your family.

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