When preparing for adverse weather and a hurricane, it is important that you remember to have your trusted water supply with you.
What is a hurricane?
A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that reach a constant speed of 74 miles per hour of more. Hurricane winds blow in a large spiral around a relative calm centre known as the ‘eye.’ The ‘eye’ is generally 20-30 miles wide and the storm may extend outward 400 miles. As a hurricane nears land, it can bring torrential rains, high winds and storm surges. The storm surges along with the rain can lead to flooding.
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When is hurricane season?
In the Caribbean, August and September are peak months during the hurricane season that lasts from June – November.
How can communities be more protected against hurricanes?
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Communities can:-
- Conduct risk assessments and develop hazard maps. These maps help determine areas where people should evacuate and where protective measures should be taken
- Identify areas that are at greater and lesser risk
- Identify buildings that need specific repairs or changes to reduce damage from the wind
- Identify locations at risk of flooding and how to reduce the impact
- Put a community plan together of how to access key supplies such as food, water and heat
What do people need to remember about a hurricane?
- Families should store food, water and medical supplies such as other basic commodities before the hurricane starts
- Communities should implement a plan to support the elderly, disabled and individuals needing special assistance
- Shelters should be opened before the hurricane and supplied with emergency food, water and health supplies
Prepare for a disaster with LIFESAVER
When preparing for emergency situations, we understand you do not always get warning. With the LIFESAVER Disaster Pack, you can be prepared for emergencies, and store the packs in your home, office, car or bunker for 10 years before opening it. Once opened, you have another 3 – 5 years shelf life of the LIFESAVER products. The disaster packs are preserved in Military Grade Foil, giving the overall packs a shelf life of 15 years.
This is a photo of the LIFESAVER Family Disaster Preparedness Pack which provides a family with up to 20,000 litres of water. We want to support your family, your community and your county in preparing for a hurricane. With LIFESAVER, you can be assured that you can filter dirty, diseased water, into clean, sterile drinking water for you and your family with just three easy steps – FILL, PUMP, DRINK™
Prepare for all natural disasters, including Hurricanes, Floods, Tsunami’s, Earthquakes and Adverse Weather, and protect yourself and your family today.
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Hurricane Fact Sheet, - . Stop Disasters Game. [online] Available at: http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/en/pdf/Hurricane_fact-sheet.pdf