Forty Percent of All Households Lack a Complete Hurricane Preparedness Plan
A recent study conducted by the Department of Homeland Security shows that 40 percent of all households don’t have a completed Hurricane Preparedness Plan. Another 60 percent don’t know their community evacuation routes. Eighty percent are unprepared to evacuate from their homes before a hurricane. Of people with disabilities, only 25 percent have prepared in advance with help specific to their disability in case of an emergency.
In the Days and Hours Before a Hurricane, preparing a home and family includes many tasks. We easily overlook important steps and items to buy. Local supplies at grocery stores and home centers diminish at an alarming rate as families stock up. Those who have not prepared in advance may find themselves without adequate supplies or making do with less than ideal products. Building a disaster kit before the season eliminates the hurried rush to buy everything at the last minute and nothing is forgotten.
The outlook for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season calls for near-normal activity. Thirteen named storms with at least five hurricanes and two major hurricanes plus seven tropical storms could make this year as bad for any community as the record-setting 2016 season.
Learn about the risks that hurricanes and tropical storms pose in the first step. Then assess how those risks relate to your home and family. Assemble a Hurricane Disaster Kit and write a completed hurricane preparedness plan to store in an accessible place where you won’t forget it. When every hour and minute counts, a completed plan puts Everything to Remember When a Hurricane Threatens in one place.
In the rush to complete preparations ahead of a storm, unprepared homeowners often overlook two important steps. Good photo documentation of their property, indoors and out, and of important personal or valuable possessions can make insurance claims easier in the aftermath of a hurricane disaster. Copies of important documents in waterproof containers go in the Disaster Kit with the photos and everything else. If officials give the Order to Evacuate, the kit goes in the car and has everything in it. A part of every hurricane preparedness plan should include a Plan to Evacuate.
Share your completed plan with close friends and family and make single point of contact with another family member who can inform everyone else.
About Norwall PowerSystems
Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997, specializes in the sale of emergency backup power generators and outdoor power equipment. Norwall stocks 1000s of standby generators, portable generators, automatic transfer switches, and replacement parts in multiple warehouses throughout the US for immediate shipment. With over 75 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant arenas, sales staff provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. Now in business over 20 years, Norwall has shipped a quarter-million generators.