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Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Hurricane

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One of the deadliest forces of nature, hurricanes bring multiple dangers. Wind, water, storm surge and more. How do you prepare for one? Live through one? What do you do after one has struck?

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Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Hurricane

  1. 1. Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Hurricane
  2. 2. The National Hurricane Center keeps a map of the likelihood of hurricanes and storms. The link is later in this slideshow. How Likely Is A Hurricane In Your Area?
  3. 3. How Likely Is a Hurricane In Your Area?
  4. 4. Given modern warning systems, you can literally out- walk an approaching hurricane. Thus the best advice? EVACUATE
  5. 5. If it’s not secured, it can move. Board and tape windows. Plywood is best for windows. For taping windows use alligator tape, not duct or masking tape. Fasten your roof with tie down straps. Turn off gas and/or propane. Secure all outdoor furniture. Put in pool in you have one. Clear debris away that will become projectiles in high wind. Close garage doors. Your Home
  6. 6. Your Home If you are caught at home and can’t evacuate: Turn your freezer and refrigerator to their coldest settings. Pack any coolers with as much ice as possible and use this first before opening fridge once power goes out. Fill bathtubs with water. Make sure all vehicles are topped off. Know where the closest shelter for you and pets is. Unplug everything. Do not use tap water after a storm until certain it’s not contaminated.
  7. 7. It’s too late to prepare once the hurricane is on you. There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying many of these same items, so order it now so you have it ready. This sounds trite, but after every hurricane, most people list these following items as things they wished they’d had on hand. Not only for the hurricane itself, but as importantly, for living afterwards in the chaos. A checklist is at the end of these items. What To Have Ready BEFORE
  8. 8. Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple Red Cross Hurricane App for Android National Hurricane Center Web Site Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help and giving location, and for finding your family and friends. Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through than a voice call. Click on links below to get apps and check web site.
  9. 9. Enough for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend two cases per person. WATER
  10. 10. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Keep separate and out of normal food rotation. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. Click on image for link FOOD
  11. 11. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  12. 12. A small, portable stove is very useful. I use the MSR Dragonfly for camping and my grab-n-go bag. Make sure you have plenty of fuel. Click on image for link FOOD
  13. 13. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed. I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than rechargeable. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on image. Flashlight & Spare Batteries
  14. 14. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  15. 15. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  16. 16. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  17. 17. Make sure it’s charged and everyone knows where it is. Click on image. Fire Extinguisher
  18. 18. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. Until it’s a Zombie environment. I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your ATM now. CASH
  19. 19. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with the single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. The flashlight was linked earlier. A Leatherman w/ small light
  20. 20. What about your pet? Food, medications, water?
  21. 21. How to turn off the water coming into the house. How to turn off the power. Where the safe spots in the house are. Where the family ERP- emergency rally point— outside the house where all will gather is. Who the single emergency point of contact is for the entire family. Everyone in your household needs to know:
  22. 22. The safest place is a basement. Stay away from windows and doors. The strongest room is often the bathroom or a walk in closet, closest to the center of the house. In a two story house, the strongest wall is the stairwell. If no basement, stay on the first floor. During A Hurricane If Indoors.
  23. 23. Remember that a tidal surge can cause flooding.
  24. 24. Do not light a match. Don’t move too much as you can cause further collapse. Tap on something, preferably a pipe, with something hard, rather than yell as you could inhale toxic dust. If you can see light and have a path, crawl toward it. If you encounter vertical rubble, check to see if it is load bearing before moving anything. During A Hurricane: If trapped.
  25. 25. No matter how hard it gets, Never quit! A survivor must have: Above all a determination to survive. All else is secondary. Fear serves a purpose, but too much fear can paralyze. This slideshow is an example of what’s in the companion books on the next page. A common sense approach to preparing for, and surviving emergencies and disasters.
  26. 26. Print Book
  27. 27. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  28. 28. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  29. 29. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE www.bobmayer.com