You can’t prevent a hurricane from doing what it does best- widespread flooding and profound destruction. But, keeping an eye out for the storm before it comes, and being as prepared as possible for its arrival, whether you hunker down or bug out to a safer location, are usually within your power. Knowing how to deal with this most ruthless force of Nature when it arrives and what to expect after it leaves will help keep you from being a part of the casualty list.
Preparation begins with organization, well before the need arises, so here is a short checklist of important actions you can take to minimize the impact of a hurricane on your life and property. Some of these are items that are often overlooked and will help you get ready ahead of the threat of severe weather, and competition at stores. And remember, the terror and destruction of a hurricane can reach deep into the country, hundreds of miles from where landfall takes place.
Despite the dire warnings on all the news and social media outlets, some people choose to not get out of the path of a hurricane. For those who opt to stay, or who have no choice but to hunker down, the high winds and heavy rains wreak their havoc for what seems like forever. These storms down electrical lines, destroy buildings and move through the area like a giant 175 mph eraser. For residents who survive the days of horror, their misery has just begun.
As we left our midtown hotel, people were starting to get worried in New York City as the mayor announced subway, bus line and bridge closings. Despite the hurricane being a day and a half from landfall in the Northeast, the airlines were getting jittery about its path. Delays began to lengthen because pilots and staff couldn’t reach LaGuardia Airport. People began panicking, fighting with each other and stockpiling beverages and food from the closing airport shops.
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