2 storms passed but season’s still here

August 08, 2014 at 9:25 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Our 2014 hurricane season has gone into its second trimester, when most of our deadliest storms have occurred. Of course, we can hope for the best but must be prepared for the worst. Now is the time to make sure our measures of defense are in place.

Arthur and Bertha have already passed through with little effect in their Atlantic stomping ground. That is the way it usually goes in the beginning. But towards the middle, which is approaching, things usually get rougher. Yet to come are Cristobal,  Dolly, Edouard, Fay and Gonzalo - and perhaps Hanna, Isaias and Josephine plus 10 more that have been given names.

Most residents of southeastern Louisiana are familiar with the preparations they should make when hurricanes are on our doorstep. First of all, a vehicle is essential for everyone in case they have to move their location to avoid the winds and waters. Non-perishable food items are also necessary to survive on if times get tough.

There are many tools and comfort supplies that can be used around your home if you do not have to evacuate. Just what is needed may vary in different situations and should be carefully thought out by individual residents.

Areas to evacuate to should be determined in each direction that could become necessary. Don’t be hesitant to contact friends and family in other areas of the country in case their living ground may be storm free and yours is not.

Keep valuable documents with you wherever you go in case they are needed and to protect them. Those who have medical needs should latch on to them throughout the storm.

Consider leaving your home whenever a mandatory evacuation is announced. Public officials stay on top of the weather conditions so they can make such calls with authority. Those officials are usually right in predicting how serious the storm will affect the people in their area.

If you are staying home, be sure you have enough food available for at least three days. If your power is expected to be out for more than six hours, put refrigerated foods in an insulated cooler with ice or frozen packs. Keep a thermometer in the cooler to be sure the contents are 40 degrees or less.

After the storm, stay put for awhile to be sure the dangers are gone, then you can look around the countryside, count your blessings and continue to enjoy living in such a wonderful world.

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