Living in the south has its perks. The mild temperatures allow front porch solace and sweet tea sipping for the majority of the year. However, when dangerous weather does hit the south, the safety of family, friends and neighbors should be the upmost importance. We have entered hurricane season and we are already feeling remnants of Hurricane Joaquin with flash flooding in certain areas of Georgia.
To ensure that you and your loved ones are safe, the following tips from the CDC will provide a base for what needs to be done before, and after, a hurricane hits.
*Make a Plan
Knowing where to go and having an escape route is necessary
Have emergency phone numbers written down and inform loved ones of your situation
Have emergency supplies in your car and at home
Buy a fire extinguisher and know how to properly operate it
For every person in your home you should 5 gallons of water (this will last 3 to 5 days)
Clean containers to hold medicine
First Aid Kit
Personal Hygiene products
The aftermath of a hurricane can be just as horrendous as the actual events. People can endure anything from loss of power to a complete loss of their home due to a hurricane. Wherever on the spectrum you may land, it is important to take your time in getting you and your family back on your feet.
*Remaining Safe Indoors
Before turning any lights or electrical items on in your home, it is important to have an electrician check your home. Many times people are quick to flip the switch and someone is electrocuted.
If the power is still down, use flashlights instead of candles. Use candles as a last resort due to them being fire hazards.
If you feel your home is unstable or has shifted, leave the premises immediately. This situation can easily cause a number of serious personal injuries.
*Remaining Safe Outdoors
Floodwaters can be extremely dangerous as they carry a myriad of germs.
Do not walk through floodwaters as hazardous material could be in the water and cause injury.
When driving a vehicle, never try to drive through the water---drive around it if possible.
Always follow flood warnings and road closures.
The dangers of a hurricane should never be taken lightly. As Georgians, most of us do not live along the coast, but we can still feel the effects of these mighty storms. Stay informed, be cautious and take these tips with you this hurricane season—we want you and your loved ones to be safe!