|Play your part this hurricane season|
With the onslaught of rain and flood warnings, it is clear that the hurricane season for the Caribbean region has come to a vicious start.
This season is during the period of June 1 to November 30 and tends to be characterised by infrastructural damage and fatalities.
A hurricane is a natural disaster that comes with massive rainfall and heavy wind conditions. The strong winds that accompany a hurricane may cause trees, buildings and light posts to be destroyed.
Consequently, fatality rates will rise, which will result in a reduction in the population and through projections, will lead to a strain on the economic growth of a country. This leaves the important question of what can be done to keep yourself safe from danger?
Before the hurricane, you should ensure that trees that are near to your house have been cut down to prevent structural damage. One should also check the house especially the roof and windows to see if there are any gaps that might facilitate water entering the house.
Clean water and safe electricity might be unavailable for some time so it is important to stock up on non-perishable items, more specifically tinned goods. One should also stock up on clean water in light of this situation for necessary cooking, bathing and all hygiene needs.
Important documents, such as birth certificates, passports and other records should be kept together and in a waterproof case in case of emergency. It will be important to know what is happening while the hurricane is going on so stocking up on batteries for your radio and charging your phone is of paramount importance. If you live in a low-lying area, you should evacuate and go to the shelters that have been provided in your area.
This will set the foundation for what is the most crucial part of the hurricane that is, while it is happening.
A hurricane has a destructive beauty and curiosity will be heightened as you see things floating in the air defying gravity and reasoning. It is crucial that you stay inside and not panic because in the case of something unplanned, it will be necessary to move quickly. Listening to the latest updates on the radio should be done to be aware of not only what is happening but to also make your deduction on what emergency precautions you might have to take. Communication with family and friends is important in order to facilitate a sense of calm in the very tense experience.
After the storm comes the calm, but this is where safety and precautionary actions have to take the forefront. There might have been structural damage that is not clear to the naked eye so careful inspection is advised. One should watch out for downed power lines and fallen utility poles to prevent possible electrocution.
For health reasons, do not drink the water from the tap as it is not safe and boiling and bleaching the water might not be enough. Beware of looters with the sole intention to take what they deem are 'up for grabs'.
The good thing about the hurricane season is that it can be planned for thus making it possible to prepare for the worst. Never take for granted that because of either where you live or the preparation you have taken that you will be secure. The before, during and after the hurricane all demand your attention and special care as you tight rope between life and death.
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