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How To Prepare Your Children for a Hurricane

hurricanefloridaHurricanes can be very scary, wind howling, rain, and the possibilities of Tornado’s. We prepare the best we can, keeping a chart of the on coming storm, getting in supplies and making sure there is enough water for the days when there will be no electricity and possibly no drinking water.

Your children should be a part of your preparations. Let them know about how a hurricane works in a basic way they will understand depending on their age and always assure them that they can be safe.

Depending on the strength of the storm and what type of home you live in, you may be required to go to a shelter. Uprooting your kids, and then taking them to an unfamiliar place can be stressful for you and them. Prepare them ahead of time by packing a special suitcase or backpack with their clothes and special toys, coloring books, or stuffed animal they are attached to and let them know they are going to a safe place from the storm. Even if you do not have to leave, you and your children are prepared to go quickly.

If you are staying in your home during a hurricane, let them know that their lives after the hurricane may be disrupted. The TV, video game machines etc, will not be accessible to them because there will be no electricity. Think ahead and have them help you prepare a space in a room, or table with books, paper, crayons, craft supplies for small projects, puzzles, cards, etc. It would be a good idea to have them do the grocery shopping with you to and have special treats to look forward to. They will also see that shopping for a storm is different then your normal grocery list.

With the storm approaching, have them sit with you and listen to the storm updates, and follow the storm on a chart. Ask them if they have any questions about the storm and what fears they may have. Addressing these fears with them and letting them know that you are there for them will be less stress on them.

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What To Do After A Flood

flood-139000_640When floods occur from flash flooding (sudden rapid rising of water along streams or low lying areas) Severe Thunder Storms, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, the streets and your yard could be covered. The number one catastrophe from flooding is drowning and occurs mostly during flash floods.

If you are under a flood or flash flood warning be prepared to evacuate and head out for higher ground

Always have a NOAA Weather Radio on hand with batteries. The NOAA Weather Service will keep you up to date for flood warnings, hurricanes, tropical storms and other critical information you will need.

Stay Out of The Water

Walking through standing or moving water can be hazardous. Only 6 inches of moving water above your ankles can make you fall. Standing water can also build up microorganisms that contaminate and cause skin disease.

Electricity and Water Do Not Mix

The number two cause of death due to flooding is electricity wires and power lines down and even in the water. Electricity can make a pond or standing water charged and deadly. Stay away from them, do not test to see if they are active. Contact your electrical company immediately if you see power lines or wires in or near any water.

Returning Home

If you had to evacuate, return home when officials have stated the area is safe.
Before you enter your home, check the outside and your property. Look for down power lines and gas lines that may be damaged. If you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, contact the fire department immediately. Keep pets and children away from the water and any dangerous places.

Approach your property carefully and check for any entry way damage, roofs that may be falling down, cracks in walls, windows and any outside damages.

Inside your home may have chemicals such as cleaning supplies, gasoline from the garage, and other things commonly used in the home that are now scattered and need cleaning up. Wear gloves and protective clothing and rubber boots.

Check for snakes, some may be poisonous, and small animals on your property and inside your home, that may have come in with the flood.

Check your food and make sure to throw out anything you question. Throw away anything that has been effected by the flood waters. Do not use the waters for washing dishes or baths, ice cubes, or anything, remember this water is contaminated. Check with your local public heath department for a boil water recommendation or for treatment of any water.

Take pictures right away of any damages as your are checking your property and home for insurance purposes. If you can send the pictures to your email or upload to a photo website where you can store them. If anything happens to your camera or phone that takes pictures, you have a back up.

Contact After The Flood

Go to the RedCross.org/SafeandWell website and register. After a storm or event if you have internet access you can go online and let your friends and family know you are ok. If you do not have internet access you can call 1-800-GET-INFO and register or to let everyone know your ok.

Flood Insurance Tips

Homeowners Insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood Insurance is separate policy. Even if you do not live in a flood zone, consider flood insurance in Florida. Once their is a tropical storm or hurricane, in your area, there is a possibility of flooding. Without flood insurance you will pay out of pocket expenses for the damages. In many cases, it takes 30 days after the purchase for a policy to take effect contact us today for more information.

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