Hurricanes are massive storms that form in the ocean and move toward land. With its high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes, a hurricane can be both disastrous and deadly.
Yes. It's terrifying because you never know the outcome of this natural disaster—wether it's a Category 1 or Category 5. In fact, you never really know if it will hit your city and/or state until perhaps three days in advance.
As noted by the National Weather Service, a hurricane watch (a tropical cyclone containing winds of 74 mph) is issued within 48 hours. A hurricane warning, on the other hand, is issued in 36 hours or less.
Despite the advanced notices, people tend to get out of control. That's why it's very crucial stay calm during hurricane season. Here are some helpful tips to keep your cool:
1. Do not panic
Preparing for a hurricane can be extremely stressful, but whatever you do, DO NOT PANIC! Your frustration, anger, nervousness, anxiety, or whatever it may be, can be passed on to your children or younger family members, causing more panic and stress in the household.
2. Prepare in advance
Cover up your windows with storm shutters or plywood. Stock up on food, water, batteries, and candles for at least three days. Make a disaster supply kit. Here's a checklist if needed:
3. Have patience and make the lines
Everyone is in your same shoes. Therefore, chances are that wherever you go, whether a gas station or a local store, there will be long, long, long lines. If you found water, canned foods, gas, and other essentials, be patient and make the lines.
4. Avoid caffeine and tobacco
It's highly recommended to drink water and stay hydrated instead, and your mind will be clearer.
5. Disconnect for a while
Media has a way of over exaggerating and making things seem worst than they actually are. All the headlines, memes, and images you see online can really take a toll on your mental health. Disconnect from the internet and the news for a second and focus on making a safety plan with your family.
6. During the hurricane, keep busy
If you're in a shelter or in a safe place at home, keep busy. Tell funny jokes, share stories, listen to music on the radio, play board games, color, read a book, sleep, and so on. Do anything it takes to keep your mind off of everything happening outdoors.
7. Make your peace with the hurricane
Make your peace with mother nature. These natural events are short-lived. Just accept the fact that a hurricane might or might not be headed your way. Stay calm and be prepared.
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