When is the last time you thought of a natural disaster? Polls show that 43% of New Englanders are very or somewhat concerned about being in the way of a hurricane. Responding to a storm at the first sign of it will leave you and your family disheveled and even in danger. Imagine the panic that will overcome you when you decide to make a dash to the stores for supplies and the shelves are basically empty. Then take into perspective the feeling of helplessness and danger that will consume your family should disaster strike. The fact of the matter is you have to respect a storm. You may ask yourself, “How can I possibly respect a storm?” The answer is simple: be prepared.
Out of the 43% of people that are concerned about being in a hurricane only 27% have taken the steps to be prepared. 1 in 3 east coast residents does not have an emergency kit, 1 in 2 don’t have a plan for communicating with family if they become separated in an emergency, and 3 in 10 have no clue where to stay in case of an evacuation.
There are very simple steps a family can take to prepare for a storm, and the Red Cross has more than enough tools for information on how to be prepared. It is as easy as downloading Hurricane, Flood, and First Aid apps (to name a few) on your Smartphone. Other preparedness tips can be accessed by doing a keyword search (like: Hurricane) at redcross.org leading you directly to these resources!
Hurricane season should not include impeding symptoms of anxiety on your-self. So, keep calm and be prepared by having an emergency kit, make a plan for you and your family, and stay informed.