Parts of the country this week are preparing for a hurricane, Laura to be exact. She’s categorized as Category 3 storm. So what’s that mean?
Hurricane’s range from a 1 to a 5 in terms of wind speed.
- Category 1: 74-95 mph
- Category 2: 96-110 mph
- Category 3: 111-130 mph
- Category 4: 131-155 mph
- Category 5: 156 mph and higher
As the category strength rises so does the potential damage. A level 5 hurricane is almost always catastrophic.
So what do you do if you’re in the potential pathway? Listen to your local weather channels (radio and tv) and learn what the experts are predicting. IF they suggest you evacuate don’t dilly-dally, grab your bug out bag (buckets totes etc) and get outta Dodge.
Timing is everything. When the populous all decides to leave at once you;ll end up with roads blocked with traffic congestion. Being one step ahead gets you down the road faster, away from potential danger.
Prepper-type folks have a different mindset than your everyday Joe. They are alert, with a plan in place. They always have a tank full of gas. They know how and where to turn off the power to the house, including gas/propane lines as well as the water line.
By being ‘aware’ you’ll already have a plan in place as well as the best route to get out of harm’s way.
Most of the time, a Category 1 or 2 can be ridden out however if you feel the need to go… then go.
Don’t second guess your gut instincts.
If you’ve still time, or are in a general hurricane zone, move your patio furniture into the garage. Move bicycles, kids’ toys, the trampoline, flower pots, bird baths inside as well. All of these things can become flying projectiles during a hurricane. Better safe than sorry.
Stay away from windows and if there’s time consider installing shutters and securing your roof. (Technology has come a long way in making roofs more secure.)
Check your first aid kit. Is it well supplied? Do you have a supply of easy to eat (such as right out of the can) food as well as drinking water?
Hurricanes can flood inland destroying by water as well as wind. Flooding will contaminate a city water supply. Do you have a filtration device such as a Berkey or Lifestraw? Water purification tablets can be a lifesaver too. (Note: these contain iodine. Some people are allergic to iodine.)
Proper preventative measures such as knowing where/how to turn off power, having shutters installed, and food/water on hand will give you the upper hand when it comes to encountering and surviving an extreme weather event such as a hurricane.