|The cost of preparing for a hurricane is not easy on the wallet. Considering the price of food and the number of permanent and one-time use items that you may need to purchase, it can really add up. But, as hard as that may be, these costs are minimal compared to the expenses any of us may encounter when our roof gives way, a tree falls on our vehicle, flood waters ruin everything in our home, or worse. And imagine the agony if the storm results in physical harm to a family member. These are a few of the reasons why budgeting as much as you possibly can, and taking as many precautions as you are able, are the best ways to minimize the more costly, or physically devastating, consequences of a hurricane.|
The HURRICANE GUIDE shows you how.
"HURRICANE NOTEBOOK" Having important documents in one place helps you reconstruct your life after a hurricane. And the "GRAB BAG" contains what you take when you evacuate... when saving your life is more important than saving anything else.
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|No one can prepare for every scenario, and there can still be misfortune among those who are most prepared, but min-imizing the loss of people, property and possessions is something we all can do. |
|Stock a pantry with non-perishable foods, to consume when power is lost. Be sure to store foods at a level where they will not come in contact with flood water.|
|Don't be mislead by the fact that most of us are on a first-name basis with these storms-- referring to them as if they were close friends who stopped by as house guests. We certainly don't welcome their visits! They are unpredictable, scary and costly.|
Not all hurricanes are alike. They approach from different directions, either slowly or abruptly, and the intensity with which they strike can vary. Compared to other major disasters (wildfires, tornadoes, tsunamis, earth-quakes), hurricanes are different in one major respect: they give their victims advanced notice. How people react to advance warnings can change the outcome.
Preparedness is essential.
Whether you’re home or in your car, keep a blanket or large dry towel over your ice chest or cooler to extend cooling time.