What if something happens and you CAN’T evacuate before a hurricane? What if it’s too late to evacuate before the storm makes landfall?
While it’s easy to say, “Oh, they should have left earlier” and run through the gamut of blame, the fact remains that there are all sorts of reasons that leaving didn’t work out.
Gas stations run dry, which means that people can’t drive their cars to leave. Roads are at a standstill as people all try to leave at once in a mass exodus. Train tickets are sold out. Plane tickets are outrageously expensive, in some cases more than three thousand dollars apiece. Maybe someone in the family is disabled and unable to relocate. Maybe they don’t have the money or maybe their work refused to give them time off. (This happens more than you’d think.)
There are a million reasons that someone could be stuck facing a hurricane whether they intended to or not.
The point is, for many, there comes a point when it’s too late. There is no further option for escape from what will most likely be a category 3, 4, or 5 hurricane.
Here’s an explanation of the categories.
The aftermath is dangerous, too.
Once you’ve survived the hurricane, you must take care to survive the aftermath. As we saw during Hurricane Harvey, a disaster of this level is the gift that keeps on giving. You must watch for:
- Health risks related to flooding
- Downed power lines
- Industrial dangers, like explosions, nuclear emergencies, and chemical spills
Just to name a few.
Reprinted with permission from The Organic Prepper.
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