As many are aware, Hurricane Harvey has unleashed a wave of destruction along the Texas coast, most notably on the cities of Houston and Rockport. Multiple days of raining has caused a surge of flooding that has resulted in thousands of people being forced to leave their homes to find shelter. Sadly, there have been deaths resulting from the hurricane as well.
While a strong storm such as a hurricane can come about unexpectedly and with little time to prepare, there are certain steps you can take that can place you and others out of harm’s way. Here are three simple yet very helpful tips that can help you in the event that inclement weather is imminent.
Get to Safety
In the middle of flooding and strong winds it can become difficult for a plan of action to be made. For this reason, one of the simplest yet most important steps to take is to get to safety. If there is heavy raining and a home is being flooded, it is good for people to safely exit and reach a higher surface. Dangers such as electrocution by water (due to electrical outlets having contact with water) can be avoided through this method.
Also, this is a good reminder for people to have an emergency bag ready to go in the event of an emergency. An emergency bag can hold a flashlight, a first aid kit, a whistle, and other helpful tools that can be useful in an urgent situation.
After you have achieved safety, signaling for help could be a following step to take. Emergency services such as the police and fire department, coast guard, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help you and your family transported out of the area of danger. Staying on top of a house because of flooding, for example, should only be a temporary step to take; getting to a dry and safe location would be the best decision to take.
After you and your family have achieved safety and are out of harm’s way, you can help others who may have suffered through the storm as well. This does not necessarily mean going into harm’s way again or placing yourself at risk. What this does mean is that giving a hand to another person, helping carry others to safety, or just simply being selfless can be a great help for someone else.
What Else Can I Do?
A storm such as Hurricane Harvey can leave behind thousands of people without their homes, cities flooded, and emergency services saturated. For this reason, as the last point stated, giving a helping hand to others in need and being selfless can be an important tool. While it may be tempting to remain in a safe spot and not go outside again, the reality is that others need help too. Regardless of whether it is an infant, adult, or elderly person that needs help, the fact is that someone needs help, and you could be that help that they need.