There Are All Kinds of Disasters to Plan For

By Tom Herrin

Now that some of the horror of Hurricane Harvey has begun to pass, it may be well worthwhile to spend some quality time modifying and upgrading your disaster plan.  Some people were obviously better prepared than others.  While many expected high winds and storm surge, many others never expected the threat of rising water continuing to come from upstream as it was let out of lakes that were testing the strength of dams.  I recently went to Port Arthur and helped tear out sheetrock in houses that had never flooded before but where residents had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.  Constantly revising emergency plans is a critical part of preparedness.

Everyone Needs To Identify Essentials

Most of the things that people need are the same everywhere.  Water is something people cannot do without for any length of time.  Bottled water should be stored in quantities that can last for a few days.  Food that does not require cooking is another thing that has to be there.  It is a good idea to have first aid supplies and knowledge of how to use them.  Copies of important papers will also come in very handy once the initial event has passed.

Be Prepared To Evacuate

Too many people prolong leaving when an evacuation order is given.  This places them and first responders at risk.  People would be well advised if they have their supplies together in some kind of container that can be picked up and carried out as soon as an evacuation order is given.  This takes the last minute decision-making out of the situation.  Planning well means making better decisions which eliminates second-guessing.

Home Prep Is important

Many people discover late that building supplies are in short supply.  Covering windows and protecting other things is difficult to do at the last minute.  It is also helpful to know how to turn off all of the utilities.  If power lines are down, gas lines are broken, and water lines and damaged, health and safety problems can occur.  Everyone needs to know how to safely turn off all of the utilities.  Practicing ahead of time can help.  It doesn’t matter whether you are planning for a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire or something else, a good plan can be extremely valuable.

Also important is being in good health to withstand the turmoil your life will be in. Don't take your health for granted, either. It may save your life.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.


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