What to do Before, During and After a Hurricane
Very important article - hurricanes are a real disaster. Be safe and remember about these rules!
There are back-up batteries for cell phones that are pretty cheap. Buy several for each device you hope to power and charge them ahead of time. They can give you hours of extra power and you can carry them.
As for your pets, get them microchipped, and be sure to keep your information updated with the company, even years after your pet is lost. Pets have been recovered long after they were lost. Microchips cost about $25, and last as long as your pet. Some companies charge a yearly fee. Make sure you know which kind of chip you are buying. Any vet or county shelter should be able to check for a chip at no cost.
Please do not leave your pet chained where there might be flooding. If you must abandon your pet inside your house, leave out food and plenty of clean water in a high place. Mark on the outside of your house in large letters “cat inside”, or whatever type of pet is there. But please take your pets if you can, and leave early so that you have time to get out with everything that is important, like your pets. There are usually shelters outside of the disaster area set-up to hold pets. Seek one out.
If your staying home when a big hurricane comes(cat.4-5) then its like a bug under a vacume cleaner.Chances of making it are slim , and if you home gets lifted , possibly with you will go with it ! Better to follow advise and evacuate when advised.Providing the home is intact and no rising water , then its back to the primitave days without electricity.Old time homes were designed to breath , and higher ceilings to relieve heat and moisture new homes don't .Older homes were designed stronger, and flexed with high winds and new ones DON'T.Old homes had lots of alternatives for lights and cooking , new ones are mostly electric.Old ways of refridgerating were mostly pickeling jars dehydrated jerky meats,salt cured to avoid mold / bacteria , and cool cellars underground.Milk was delivered daily fresh , and eggs were organic yard chickens everything didn't require a fridge back then.So if you live in a old time farm house , with old time ways,and survived through these monster storms before ; shure stay home , you will probably do just fine.Just keep in mind , the newer homes around you may become flying torpedos.
Thanks, Terrie. We do have a page on how to survive a tornado here: www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-tornado
And also find a page on how flood survival and safety: www.almanac.com/content/flood-safety-and-survival-tips
We do not have a similar article about blizzards. That’s a good idea. Living in New England, however, we do have many articles about how we get ready for another blizzard and power outage!
Living in South Louisiana, I have been through 10+ hurricanes including Camille, Andrew and Rita I have few suggestions that I would like to add. I guess these follow under the 'Family Disaster Kit' you mentioned,
Make sure all your devices are fully charged.
Flashlights and batteries.(Very important)
Cook a few meals and freeze them.
There will be lines in the stores so don't delay: Bags of ice and nonperishables.
A generator would be helpful but DO NOT TRY TO RUN ELECTRICITY FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE. If you are a coffee fanatic like me, and your power is out, hook up the coffee pot.
Don't forget the essential drink for all south Louisiana cities.....The Hurricane!
Of course beer and margaritas come in handy.
I'm commenting a few years too late. If you decide to run a generator, make sure you place it so your neighbor won't have to inhale the fumes.
Thanks, Pat. This is a great advice from someone who’s been there—many times! Stay safe—and hydrated. :-)