Our thoughts are with the people suffering through hurricane Florence. Already, there are reported deaths and people are doing the best they can to survive.
Many are without power, as many as 500,000 according to The Guardian. There is intense flooding over roads and as many as 164 calls for help. According to The Atlantic, some experts “envision that, beyond loss of life, the hurricane could cause more than $170 billion worth of property damage”.
It would seem that over the past years there has been an increase in more intense storms. Oceans are getting warmer and this is leading to the formation of storms which can sink a city.
This is the world we now live in, so how can we adapt? Miami has also seen its fair share of hurricanes, and it is best to prepare our homes in case the worst happens. Evacuation is sometimes the only answer although many point out that they cannot afford to evacuate.
Clearly, you should try to be prepared before the storm hits.
-A flashlight with batteries
-A first aid kit.
-Non-perishable food enough for several days.
These things can be stored in the kitchen or in a bathroom. However, once the storm hits, move these basic supplies to the highest floor in the house, ideally, the attic. With hurricane Florence, the flooding has been so bad that some people have had to do this while they wait to be rescued.
Do not come into contact with any flood water as it may be infected with unknown pathogens and vermin. Do not drink tap water unless authorities say it is safe.
Keep your phones charged and have an emergency phone charger with you.
Once the storm hits, stay in your home.
Listen to the authorities. If they issue an order of evacuation, take it seriously. Many have reasons for not evacuating but if someone you know is planning to stay home, encourage them to leave.
If you are near the coast, evacuation is the most responsible thing to do. Board your windows, secure everything and hope for the best. Your life is the priority. Find local emergency shelters.
Regarding your home, it should be insured for flooding or inclement weather. Once the worst has passed, take photos of any damages your property has suffered and contact your insurance company for assistance.
It is important to stay in touch with people during and after. Let people know you are ok or if you need help. These are also the people who will be there after the storm passes. Their support will be invaluable and they will need you too. Trust and social unity are essential for survival. Nextdoor is a great social media platform which has been used in the past to get help to those in need when the regular channels aren’t available.
For more information, you can call Property ACES at (305) 985-2237 and get started with the next stage of your life.