7 2015 Oct

Hurricane watch has been issued. What’s next: Hurricane Disaster Kit?

Hurricane Disaster KitAre you ready?  You and the family have been advised that with in 36 hours there is a good possibility that a hurricane is coming your way. Is your Hurricane Disaster Kit stocked? Are you ready?

Making a family plan for before, during and after the storm occurs is the first step for preparing for the ‘storm”. Make sure you complete the list of tasks you need to do to batten down the hatches, before the hurricane watch is issued.  For example,  reinforce doors, including the garage, windows, storm shutters and the roof, clean the gutters, even perhaps construct a safe room. Do the generator and car have fuel? Is everything in the yard secured or stored?  Do you have enough food and water for every member of the family, including the pets for at least a week. Are there Hurricane Lamps when the electricity has been interrupted? Did you include batteries and an emergency radio to keep abreast of the weather and storm conditions?  Are there games, toys, and reading  materials ?  Do you have your important documents( insurance, contacts, bank information, ID, Social Security, names of household members, including pets, medical information. etc.). So by the time you receive the hurricane warning (24 hours), your family, and pets are prepared to evacuate or stay in place.

The best time to prepare is before a disaster or emergency takes place.

6 2015 Oct

Tropical Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons

The news has been full of tropical cyclone alerts, watches and warnings especially for the Caribbean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Southern Pacific Ocean.  Still wondering? The most common name is hurricane. The West Coast of the US may experience residual rain fall from the hurricanes in the Pacific, moving up from the coast of Mexico. But nothing like the damage and destruction that can result from hurricanes in the Caribbean and Atlantic.  Tropical cyclones in the northwest Pacific, South East Asia and the China Sea that reach (exceed) 74 mph are called typhoons. Both hurricane and typhoon season start around June and continue through November, usually intensifying between August and October. High winds(74mph + ), floods, torrential rain,  thunder, lightning, storm surges and tornados are common weather conditions of both. Typhoons are more frequent, 25-30 a season, but cause less damage due to their paths. While typically 10-15 hurricanes happen a year, they are often much more destructive especially when they hit land.  Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina are reminders that people who live in areas affected by tropical cyclones should start preparing for the season well ahead of its arrival.

The best time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.

11 2015 Jun

Important documents for an emergency or disaster

Besides having your basic needs of food, water, shelter, personal hygiene, sanitation and clothing met, what about those important household and personal papers or documents? Whether you shelter in place or have to evacuate, do you have those important documents in one place? If you have only 30 minutes to leave, can you put your hands on them in a minute? What important documents?: your insurance(life, car house,health), mortgage, title to your house, rental agreement, car papers, will, trust, emergency contact information, bank cards/documents, relatives’ names and addresses, medical/dental information, lawyer, doctor(s), pets and family members names, ages who live at your residence, place of employment, passport, driver’s license, credit cards and contact phone numbers, and important family photos? If you had to leave everything behind, and were still alive, wouldn’t it be some consolation, that you had those important documents and pictures with you. Start gathering those important documents and put them in one place today. If not now, when?