Earthquakes not withstanding, it's hurricane season. And here comes one. There are a lot of websites and news outlets prescribing a whole suite of stupid activities to prepare for
First, let's look at how hurricanes actually affect people.
5. Roads impacted by flooding
4. Water supplies impacted by flooding
3. Dangerous flying debris
2. Structures impacted by flooding
1. Loss of electricity and/or other utilities.
Now, let's look at how people actually die in hurricanes (taken loosely from a CDC report on FL and AL deaths in Hurricane Katrina):
3. Drowning (in street, building, car, or boat)
2. Non-drowning Trauma (building collapse, falling tree, car accidents, boat accidents, etc)
1. Various causes during hurricane cleanup activities
OK, people. We can work with this. Starting with #5. Don't freaking kill yourself. If you are on medication, please call your doctor and go pick up extra, BEFORE the storm hits. If you doubt your ability to withstand multiple extreme stressors, like your car being carried away by floodwaters as your house crumbles down, then please make arrangements to go stay with a friend or relative at least 12 hours before any hint of the storm has arrived.
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I am quite serious about being able to secure your home. Can someone easily climb in your windows if they are broken? If you live on the Atlantic coastal plain, you may want to look into that. It's also a great time to move anything in a shed or clubhouse to a safer, drier, overall more safe location. Why don't you run out today and buy some good chain, pad locks, some half sheets of plywood, and a battery powered drill with a few extra batteries? If you are a landowner, you should already have those things on-hand. Sorry to say.
#3. Drowning. Y'all aren't gonna like this, but here it goes. If a hurricane is "coming" but the rain has already started, DON'T DRIVE ANYWHERE. PLAN TO BE AT HOME. If your home is in any kind of flood zone, this would be a great opportunity to get away to somewhere dry and not floodplain-ey for a few days. You need to leave. In Maryland, I think we've had six "one hundred year storms" in the last 10 years. Get the idea? I don't care how good you can swim. Your ass will drown quick as anything if you are swimming amongst any kind of heavy debris.
If your house is not stable, go somewhere else before the storm gets there. If your roof has issues and you've "been meaning" to replace it, go somewhere else. If your house wouldn't be a safe place to live for up to a week without power, you need to go somewhere else. Before the storm.
1. Clean-up deaths. Man, this is tough, because here at River Mud we are very community minded. But please be careful. If insurance is going to cover it, let them. Unless someone is literally dying and needs extreme, immediate assistance, just take it slow. Or call a contractor.
Somebody, somewhere, probably thinks you are a decent human being. Don't mess it up by doing some dumb crap or not being prepared with the basics. Remember that the two most likely things you will encounter will be 1) roads blocked by trees/flooding and 2) power outage. That means a protracted time at home. NOAA/NHC's check list is a good one - check it out.
Good luck out there! Don't do anything stupid!