For those of us who don't live in a danger zone for hurricanes, the most significant threats posed by a hurricane include the following:
- High Waves & Storm Surge
- High Winds
- Heavy Rain & Flash Floods
Waves & Surge- The most fatal mistake often made with regard to response by residents during a hurricane threat, is to not evacuate when initial warnings of evacuation are issued. The intensity of the storm, although it can be several hundred miles away from the coast, will cause huge waves & rising water levels that will arrive long before the storm reaches the shore. It is best to “go as soon as you know”. Don't wait for catastrophe…it is a given that a percentage of people will always be stuck in trying to escape last minute. Don't become part of that tragedy!
Winds- Winds are another major threat that destroy structures, make missiles of everyday objects, and leave debris in its wake. It's best to seek refuge in a shelter away from the threats of winds & far from the havoc found in the wake. Stay indoors & avoid the “thrill seeking” that reporters often perform for entertainment appeal by standing exposed, leaning into the wind to test its strength.
Flash Floods- This type of flooding differs dramatically from slow moving waters that gradually rise over a period of time. The term “flash” refers to the almost instantaneous onset of water that brings debris & destruction in its currents. Enormous amounts of water & the accompanying “unknowns” that are swept into its grasp pose a health threat (water contamination) and structural damages that are devastatingly most visible after the waters subside. Unfortunately, the waters can disappear as quickly as they arrived or become stagnant and present disease & further contaminant hazards. Stay away from the waters and seek higher ground which is secure and well outside the reach of more floods.
Watch the video below for a great idea for a Hurricane Bug-Out-Bag!
Hurricane prepping video: