Hurricane Harvey-Tropical Storm
Houston August 25, 2017
Here is what you need to know about Hurricane Harvey,
- 2 million people will be affected with this Hurricane.
- Harvey started as a category 3 and will grow bigger with winds up to 125 mph by Friday night.
- 34 inches of rain, flooding, and a force to make serious damages to houses and public areas in addition to uprooting the trees.
- It will hit the gulf coast from Corpus Christi, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Estimated 5 billion in damages.
Are you ready for this ?
Many people have been preparing to face Hurricane harvey for couple of days. Here are some tips:
- 3 gallon of water per person for cooking, drinking and oral hygiene.
- Freeze some water in a or ziploc bag, and fill coolers with ice last minute (you don’t want ice to melt).
- Buy canned food such as meat, fruits, vegetables, juices and check the expiration dates.
- Buy boxed milk
- Cereal, soup, oatmeal and granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter, jelly, beef jerky, bread, crackers, cookies, fresh fruit and protein bars are all good to have in case of emergency.
- Don’t forget to buy baby food if you have one, also pet food.
- Flashlight with extra batteries, car charger and bank for mobile phone, battery operated digital TV with car charger adapter.
- Grill with extra propane and charcoal.
- Place matches and lighters in waterproof container.
- Manual can and bottle opener.
- Cleaning supplies, heavy duty gloves, duct tape, heavy duty outdoor extension cords, waterproof tarps, plastic sheeting, rope, basic tool kit, smoke detectors, and carbon-monoxide detectors.
- Battery 2 way radio in case cellphones don’t work.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Place all your important documents, such as medical papers, insurance, bank statements, social security, passports, jewelry and expensive personal items in a waterproof container.
- First aid kit, enough supply for prescription drugs, vitamins, pain reliever, antibacterial soap, toilet paper, tooth paste, shampoo, mosquito repellent, lotion, and antibacterial wipes.
- Buy a generator
- Secure your windows, and doors.
- Remove all your items from the backyard and place them inside the garage.
- Fill up your gas tank.
- Cut the extensions of trees around your house to minimize damage.
- If you are in a flood zone, buy sandbags and place them on the doors to minimize the water coming in.
- Clean your drains from all the debris and tree leaves to ensure proper water drainage.
- Stay in and don’t walk or drive when the hurricane is in full effect.
- In case of flooded areas, DO NOT walk around especially next to bayou areas because many could have snakes, and alligators which can be harmful.
For many who like to evacuate, it is better to start acting early before it is too late. Back in 2005, Hurricane Rita caused a mass evacuation estimated around 3 million people. Between 90-120 people died in this evacuation. I remember it took me 6 hours to leave from Houston Downtown area to the woodlands which is 20 miles. On the way I witnessed the burning of a bus, people suffocating from heat, others as a result of hyperthermia in their cars and many more tragic incidents.
If you are planning on evacuating, follow these steps:
- Fill up your tank
- Check your tires, make sure you have a spare one.
- Buy some food, water, and personal items incase you had to stay in a hotel, or be stuck in traffic.
- Turn off your car if you see the traffic is not moving, and keep windows open.
- Check the traffic, roads safety, and make sure it is safe to take that route.
- Don’t drive in the HOV lane, as many people were stuck due to traffic after hours, they run out of gas.
Stay safe and hope Hurricane Harvey will pass with no damages. Remember safety and preparation comes first.
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