The Boy Scouts had it right: “Always be prepared.” There’s nothing worse than being caught off- guard, especially when it comes to natural disasters.
With the Atlantic Hurricane Season coming up, the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) has predicted 9-15 named storms- 1-3 of which are predicted to be considered “major.” Although Southeastern PA isn’t necessarily an area of high Hurricane activity, we have been hit very hard by storms caused by distant hurricanes in the past that have caused some serious damage.
An act of nature can be absolutely devastating without the proper precautions and plans set into place. This is all well and good, but how do you even start preparing for something so potentially dangerous? When preparing, ask yourself two important questions: “What supplies do I need?” and “What should I do during the storm?”
If a hurricane is predicted in your area, be sure you are stocked up on the following items:
If a hurricane strikes the area, it is vital that you follow these suggestions to stay safe:
In addition to your personal planning, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is conducting a Hurricane Readiness Drill on Saturday morning, June 2 at Avon Grove High School, where a Red Cross shelter was located during Hurricane Irene last year.
During the drill, several local agencies, including the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and the Red Cross, will train people critical disaster relief skills, like sheltering, food distribution, providing basic medical needs, and decision making. The training will also include what to do with pets.
We know you just took the time to read all of that. And to help you remember (because you probably don’t want to read it again), here’s a video with an overview of what you should do to plan:
Social media will be heavily utilized during a major disaster like a hurricane, people will be able to track what is happening by following @redcrossphilly and #HurricaneDrill on Twitter. This tool will be incredibly valuable, but we must recognize that the reliability of this service depends completely upon the severity of the event. If this should happen, a short-wave radio is the best way to receive information about what is happening.