Important Advices to Follow During Hurricanes Emergencies
To prevent your family from being a victim, you should keep in mind that the hurricane season usually starts on May in the Pacific Ocean and on June in the Atlantic Ocean. Nevertheless, these estimations have started to fluctuate recently. In order to be prepared for the upcoming winds from tropical storms, it is recommended to prepare yourself as soon as possible; however, you should also remember that it might be impossible to keep your property undamaged depending on the category of the hurricane, so these measures are oriented to save human lives:
* First, it is mandatory to listen to the official information of the emergency authorities and be alert for any additional information. Official authorities should let people know if it is recommended to stay at home or evacuate to a safer area:
* In case of evacuation, carry only what is really necessary, cellphones, medications, identification documents (such as passport or driver's license) and cash along with an emergency kit. This emergency kit should include enough water and food for at least three days, a battery radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, maps, cellphone chargers, personal sanitation products, and other things considered essential. If given time enough, cut the gas, water and electricity and unplug any electric device. Drive only in secured roads.
* If it is necessary to stay at home, do not stop listening to the radio or television to keep informed and follow the emergency instructions given. Stay at home until an official message has been emitted informing that the hurricane has passed. Sit in a small room with no windows on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding and be ready to leave the house immediately if authorities say so.
Even when authorities say that is safe to leave the house, keep listening to the official information and follow any instruction given. It is also important to avoid using electrical devices and walking on flood waters to prevent electric shocks. Save battery on your phone when possible for emergency calls.