Surviving Weather Threats

Surviving Weather Threats

It’s been a hell of a month when it comes to natural disasters, not only in the U.S but around the world. We’ve seen devastating hurricanes this year and miles-wide fires destroying everything in their paths and we’re likely to see worse in the coming months and years. Devastating natural disasters are happening on and around our planet.

Storms will become so deadly that even the topography of the Earth may drastically change. It’s becoming more important for you and your family to know what to do and how to prepare when weather threatens your life.

Sometimes severe weather strikes with little notice, so you need to know how to survive during and after a catastrophic weather event. Weather disasters will likely bring power outages, flooding and communication will be difficult, if not impossible.

If you’re in a flood zone, tornado or hurricane area, be sure you have the appropriate supplies to help you survive. A survival supply of water, food, medical supplies, flashlights, extra batteries, and access to important documents can set you apart from the others who find bare store shelves when they try to stock up at the last minute.

You can find detailed lists online of what you’ll need on hand to survive a severe weather event. Have a checklist when you prepare and be sure everything is readily accessible if a disaster should happen.

If you’re likely to evacuate, you should keep the survival items in a container that’s easy to carry. Water should be stored in containers that won’t decompose like glass bottles or milk cartons.

Figure that each person should have about two quarts of water every day and keep in mind that heat or lots of physical activity might increase that amount. Store some non-perishable foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking.

We often take water for granted, but a catastrophic weather event such as a hurricane can cause storm surges. Storm surges can contaminate water, so take more water than you think you’ll need.

If a weather disaster strikes a major city, there will be millions of refugees, so you must know how to feed yourself and your family with only the food you can carry. Choose wisely to protect your chances of survival.

Myself and hundreds of volunteers had the honor to volunteer over Labor Day weekend with Operation Sky Hope. This is a non profit that coordinates with private aviation to fly life saving supplies such as medicine, water and food to areas effect by natural disasters. It was good for my soul to see our fellow Texans ban together for one common cause. Robin Eissler founder of Operation Sky Hope and Charlie Bravo Aviation CEO Rene Banglesdorf spearheaded the relief efforts on the ground with the help GTU Jets and hundreds of volunteers. As I am writing this, Hurricane Irma is blasting toward Florida after it did major damage in the Caribbean. From all of my staff at Austin Mortgage Associates our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.