Many of the posts on this blog are centered around a cushy suburban life. Hopefully, those kinds of posts are all you’ll ever need! However, every now and then natural disasters can strike populated areas. If and when this happens to you, you’ll need to know the best course of action to ensure the safety of you and your family. Try to remember the following tips as best you can. They could save your life!
Flooding from Hurricane Katrina (Wikimedia)
First of all, hurricanes. These are probably the most dangerous disaster that you’re likely to experience living in the states. Hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June to November. While there are all kinds of warning systems for these, knowing what to do when one hits can be extremely important. If you know you’re going to be around when the hurricane hits, keep as far away as possible from all windows. As you can imagine, a basement is the ideal place to shelter. If you don’t have one of these, then go to a room on your lowest floor with as little windows as possible. Bathrooms and closets are usually best for this. If you have the time, be sure to gather food, water, a flashlight, and a phone. For extra safety, crouch under a table and cover yourself in blankets.
Here’s a slightly unsettling fact. Forty-five US states have a moderate to severe risk of earthquakes. Unlike storms and tornadoes, there’s little anyone can do to predict these. Because of this, it’s more important to keep your head and act fast. As with hurricanes, avoid windows as a priority if you’re inside. Drop, and cover your head with anything you can. Take shelter under a sturdy table or bed if you can, but don’t risk moving too far during a tremor. If you’re outside, on the other hand, find a clear space; away from power lines, buildings and other hazards.
Floods can be one of the destructive after-effects of a hurricane. Many people who have never experienced a severe flood seem to hold a false view that they’re not that big of a deal. Depending on the conditions, they can be powerful enough to collapse bridges and uproot trees! Usually the best thing to do in a flood is evacuate, and seek higher ground. The most important point to remember is never try to wade or drive through flood waters. It may sound unbelievable, but most cars can be swept away by only two feet of rushing water! A strong sense of attachment to your home could be extremely dangerous. Yes, there will be damage. However, there are many Maryland flood services which are able to do repairs. Take only the bare necessities, and leave as soon as possible seeking high ground.
With this advice, you’ll be prepared for some of the most dangerous weather America has to offer. In any natural disaster, staying calm is one of the most important things you can do. If anyone panics when the disaster hits, try your best to guide them into the safest course of action.