IIt’s time to start thinking and taking action to prepare yourself and your family for the hurricane season that began on June 1 and ends on November 30.
Although we often associate wind and rain with hurricanes, preparing for the aftermath of severe storms is an important part of public health preparedness. There are several health and safety issues during or after a hurricane, including illness, injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, insects, contaminated food or water due to power loss, mold and keeping your medications at appropriate temperatures to ensure their effectiveness.
Another issue to consider is fuel supply. Sometimes hurricanes impact the gas supply and people resort to siphoning. This practice is dangerous and can lead to serious illness or injury. If this must be done, use a funnel or tube to move the gas from one container to another.
Power outage: managing the heat
Do you know the signs of heat stroke or heat stroke? Heat-related illnesses can be serious. Be aware of the warning signs. If there is an electrical problem in your home during these upcoming hot summer months, you can take steps to protect yourself and your household members; find a local air-conditioned shelter in our area. Take cool showers or baths. Be aware that although fans can help, when temperatures are high, they do not prevent heat-related illnesses.
What’s in your emergency kit?
Emergency kits need to be adjusted according to changes in your life. make sure the content reflects them. Do you have an elderly person who has joined your household? Did you have a baby last year? These life changes inspire action in your home and car. The contents of this kit also change seasonally. During the warmer months, such as June, bring a change of light clothing for you/your household members, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain jacket, bottled water and a tarp to provide shade or cover the ground. Important aspects of your preparation also include knowing your evacuation site, how to prepare your vehicle, and what documents, materials, and supplies your pets might need in the event of a weather emergency. More details available for your planning are available at Ready.gov. or the Fairfax County Health Department website at https://bit.ly/3zt0wiq.