Don’t Be Caught Unprepared When A Natural Disaster Occurs Here On Delmarva
Look at the Delmarva Peninsula on a map and it’s easy to see that the area is prone to the occasional Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm. Surrounded on three sides by major waterways, it’s really a miracle that the region hasn’t been hit by more major storms in the last several decades.
But that’s not to say the peninsula is safe. If Superstorm Sandy a few years back didn’t teach you the importance of being prepared, well then you just haven’t been paying attention.
The fact is that Delmarva is quite overdue for a large hurricane to barrel onto our shores. And while hurricane season is still several months away, it’s always good to think ahead and be ready if, and when, a natural disaster strikes.
So, we’re going to give you a few tips today that you can use to prepare yourself, your family, your home and even your business from an imposing natural disaster. And when we say “natural disaster” in our area, we’re generally talking about hurricanes and nor’easters.
So, let’s get started…
- Know Your Emergency Evacuation Routes. You’ve probably seen the signs while driving around the coastal areas, but be sure you, your family and your co-workers know the safest and most direct way to get out of town in the case of a natural disaster. In our area, that generally means driving further inland and away from the ocean and the inland bays. Learn this route and commit it to memory, because you could very well need it someday.
- Get Your Home or Business Ready. If you have items outside your home or business that aren’t securely fastened, either bring them inside or secure them as best you can. Pretty much anything outside can fly away during high winds, including lawn furniture, picnic tables, barbecue grills and playground equipment.
- Have Emergency Supplies At The Ready. In the case of an emergency, you need to have a kit prepared that can get you and your family through several days, should electricity or other services be temporarily halted. Things you should have in your kit include bottled water, non-perishable food items, batteries, a flashlight, a good first aid kit and food for your family pets.
- Have An Escape and Meet Up Plan. Make sure everyone in your family or business knows where to go in the case of an emergency. This could be a neighbor’s house, the town library, a fellow business owner’s property or a family member’s home or business. This will ensure everyone ends up at the same place, and you can then make further plans together.
Basically, talk to your co-workers or family members and be sure everyone is on the same page in case an emergency strikes. Even do a dry run if you want to, so that everyone is crystal clear on the situation and it’s accompanying course of action.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially in an area like ours that’s prone to heavy rains, high winds and potential flooding problems.
In short, just act like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared!”