Evacuation – Why Home Sweet Home Is Not Always A Good Choice

Hurricane Sandy and other hurricanes can disrupt our lives because we cannot imagine the deceptive power of those types of storms. All of us need to remember that homes and buildings are designed to withstand wind speeds below winds produced by the most powerful storms.  You should consult the building standards in your area to find out how vulnerable your home is and decide if you should get out before Hurricane Sandy arrives. Winds most of our lives never get to a threatening level.  Wind gusts give us a scare at times but we always come through them unscathed.

High winds from hurricanes also uproot trees and cause debris to fly like missiles.  Hurricanes can also cause tornadoes which for the most part cannot be predicted and warnings may not come in time to alert you to evacuate.  It is important to take into consideration that the conditions may be right for all the devastating effects to occur.  One should take the warnings seriously and evacuate.  The most important thing we can do is to insure our homes, clean the gutters, remove materials around the home that may becomes missiles which can cause damage to our homes and evacuate.

With these precautions our homes will be preserved to be as sweet as we would like and we will live to enjoy our investment. Our homes are not designed to protect us through every event.  Take the time to learn about your home’s wind resistance ratings and take care of your home so it can take care of you.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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3 Responses to Evacuation – Why Home Sweet Home Is Not Always A Good Choice

  1. ardentpt says:

    Wow.. standard advice.. Hurricane can be devastating. Thank you for advice:-))

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