This hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the most dangerous on record. We all know how these strong storms can literally flatten an entire town in a quick 30-1 hour roll across the county lines. The threatening hazards-such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadic activity all add up to big trouble and fast. This is why we felt compelled to put together this Briggs Hurricane Preparedness Tip Sheet. Briggs Replacement Parts understands that safety and proper safety-training are essential to doing everything one can do when one of these tropical nightmares comes a calling.
Preparation is the Best Action with Hurricanes
Know the Difference
Hurricane Watch—Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
Hurricane Warning—Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
Please have a look at this hurricane tip sheet. We have made it easy to print out by not adding in too many graphic images or extra-links. This is about saving lives and protecting equipment. You may have most of these things on hand but keep in mind that there are never enough safety supplies. If it turns out the hurricane has changed its path, at least you will have known you were prepared.
If your city or town is in imminent danger of a hurricane, most likely evacuation announcements have been made, and should be taken seriously. Here is a Briggs checklist to consider before you leave:
Getting it all Together
1. Place all of the important documents, pictures, diplomas etc… a great item to use for this purpose will be a large freezer-bag with a zip-lock tie.
2. Think ahead and take a short but concise video or photos of your property before you leave. This will help later on with any insurance checklist claims for damage.
3. Try staying with relatives or consider booking a room in a hotel in another nearby town or state. Make sure to get directions and put them in the vehicle ahead of time. It is easy to forget that piece of paper during the rush for the door! We will not pretend that everyone has thousands of dollars put away especially during this economic hurricane of 2010 so make certain that you get a list and directions to the nearest emergency shelter.
4. Either take your pets with you or find a suitable temporary shelter to ride the storm out. The local animal shelter will have loads of information concerning boarding pets during a hurricane.
5. Designate a spot in the home that will serve as the drop off point for one light portable waterproof bag for each family member’s clothing. Nothing long-term only a pair of clean shorts, shirt, undies, socks.
6. Stock your Hurricane Kit with the following: extra cash, generator, batteries, flash lights, battery operated radio/television, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable foods such as cereal or crackers, canned goods, can opener, a small cooler, candles, prescription medicines and any over-the-counter remedies you use regularly; and if you have small children – diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby food.
Actual Hurricane Condition
7. Since the power will most definitely be off and on depending upon the location and damage to power lines/centers take care of the emergency cash ATM work early. ATM’s need power. Even 35.00 to 50.00 cash can sustain a family for a few days if necessary.
Once the storm makes landfall things will be altered and one of those things are kid’s games. Normally the kids can be entertained with their electronic games, PlayStation, X-Box and other electronic devices. The point again is that these are all power-eaters and require juice. Pull out a few of the board games such as LIFE, MONOPOLY and RISK so that the children will not commit mutiny after the storm has passed and the city is under clean-up lock-in.
8. If you decide to ride the storm out, and we make no call on this either way, then you need to shore up the home. Windows taped and boarded and all exterior items put up or away.
9. Plywood is a ‘hot’ commodity for those of who decide to stay. Boarding up windows that will take the brunt of the wind and rain is the wisest decision. If board is not available, protect your windows from the wind by criss-crossing them with layers of duct or packing tape. This will be enough protection for light-to-medium winds, but learning how to build and install plywood hurricane shutters is your safest bet. If you can afford it, have them professionally- installed.
10. Finally, PLEASE STAY INSIDE. However tempting it may be to videotape or take photos of the storm, be a storm-chaser, be sure to shoot from indoors – where it’s safe, and dry!
Hurricanes are serious business. Each one that has come through this area has brought something entirely different to deal with and was not inclusive even with all the emergency preparedness. Be safe, be educated be prepared.