Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, could cause, the same amount of damages as did Hurricane Andrew which struck Miami in 1992. The flood that Hurricane Andrew brings causes tens of thousands of people to lose their homes as well as wrecking damages to many buildings.
If the same size of the hurricane like Hurricane Irma hits Florida, it will surely wreck more costly damages despite the fact that Modern’s buildings are built based on stricter building codes. The reason is that there is now, even more, buildings in central and south Florida compared to more than a decade ago.
More than 1 millions Americans live by the coast, which is a highly risky region as the hurricane will first hit this area when it comes from the ocean. People who just move to the area may not have any experience in what they should do when a big storm occurs or how to evacuate the place.
If you live in Florida, you should get ready to evacuate when the authorities issue the evacuation mandate. Hurricane Irma is a powerful hurricane so there is a few chance that you will be able to save your home from the storm damages.
First of all, you need to prepare an emergency kit that contains everything you need during the time you will be away from your home. Some of the things that you can pack in your evacuation kit are cash, food, water, and medicines. These items are important in the event that the storm and flooding could destroy your home.
You should stay tuned to the local radio station and TV news channel as they will often provide tips on how to evacuate the area. It is important to bring along all your documents and valuables. The documents should be kept inside fireproof and water tight file. If your refrigerator has food, you should move them to the freezer part which is the coldest part. In this way, if the flood causes the power outage, the food will not become spoiled.
You should go through all your household chemicals and make sure their lids are closed tightly. If these chemicals leak into the flood water, your home could be filled with toxic that is hazardous to your health when you later return and enter the house. These chemicals can also cause combustion and explosion in the house.
All electronic appliances should be moved to the attic to prevent exposure to moisture. If there are large trees in your yard, make sure you trim off the branches. Rain gutters and down spouts should be cleared of all the debris. Stuff that you put outside like bikes and patio furniture should be moved to a safe place.