As we reluctantly welcome the 2018 hurricane Season, many Jamaicans are carelessly living day by day without a disaster preparedness plan. A hurricane can cause widespread devastation and catastrophic effects on not just lives and properties but also the economy. As mentioned in a post printed by AccuWeather.com, the official season begins June 1, 2018 and will end November 30, 2018. It is also predicted by many geologists that the season will be a very active one.
Therefore, planning and preparing are the only two things that will help you to be safe and resilient in the wake of a hurricane. The ability to quickly recover following a hurricane requires focus, preparedness, advance planning, and knowing what to do.
Against that background, here are a few things you must do to be prepared;
Check gutters, drainage and tall trees around your home.
Clean all gutters and drains to ensure that there is no obstruction that could hinder the free flow of water during rainfall. Additionally, observe water flow around your house during rainy time, this will give you an indication of how high water will rise and if there is need for additional drainage. Cut down tall trees and over-hanging limbs that could cause damage to roof and house during high winds.
Caulk cracks and seams.
Using caulk to seal cracks and seams in wall, could save you hundreds of thousands during a hurricane. This will make your home impervious to water and protects your home other valuables during a heavy rainfall.
Evaluate the sturdiness of your roof.
Checking the roof of your home are among-st the first things you should do before the hurricane. This should take precedence, especially if your home has gone through a previous hurricane. The strong winds during a hurricane can wreak havoc on your roof, therefore checking for loose, missing or materials in disrepair are very crucial.
Having a battery powered weather radio during a hurricane is imperative. Why? In most instances during a hurricane the electricity will go. As a result, having a battery powered weather radio will help you keep up to date on the news and weather reports.
Things such as can foods, other non-perishable food item and safe drinking water are a must have during the hurricane season. Also having emergency equipment such as band aides, dressing items and antiseptic is very crucial just in case you need to treat a wound during a hurricane.
In conclusion, a hurricane is no joking matter, failing to prepare is basically preparing you and your family to be at great risk. Knowing where the nearest shelter is located and planning alternate routes to get there should be amongst some of the things in your disaster plan. Emergency number such as an ambulance services, the Police and the fire department are vital as well. Remember your health is your responsibility, so be prepared and get ready for this hurricane season.
Are you prepared for hurricane season 2018?