As we waited to return to the New Orleans area to see what was left of our home after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita visited our area and this storm summed up all our hopes, to rebuild something. When we finally saw our home and our entire environment, nothing could be saved and we could only admire the destructive power of this powerful storm. What have we learned from this experience? How can someone prepare for such a disaster?
We quickly learned that there is short distance training and distance training that are just as important, but unfortunately most people have not thought beyond short distances. Almost everyone knows the preparations for short distances, because they are exhibited repeatedly every year. Upload doors and windows, remove flying objects, and turn off utilities such as electricity and gas. Add to this constant vigilance to keep up with the latest coordinates and the way the storm works and to create places where you can move away from the storm zone and all the important ways to evacuate a storm. This preparation should not be taken lightly, but not all of it must be considered.
I don’t care about the type of preparation needed to stay and drive the storm because this is more a gamble than preparation. Evacuation is the only real choice, as demonstrated by the recent storm.
After the indictment and the discovery of errors according to local authorities in Katrina, FEMA and the National Guard made significant changes. For example, the National Guard has placed experienced officers and coordinators in the Gulf region closer to the areas most affected by storms, at least for the entire period now known as “hurricane season”. A new type of communication device that does not require an external power supply to function, and a telephone that is not based on a busy relay tower is ready for use. Food, water and medical supplies stores are located near the most vulnerable areas on the coast to spread quickly when needed. All this is good, but it has nothing to do with personal long-distance planning of people who live in areas where it is vulnerable to storms on the coast.
Remote preparation is based on the worst case scenario. Start with your insurance. Storm and flood insurance premiums are increasing rapidly in the U.S. three-quarter coast. where a storm is likely to occur. This is the area from Maine to Texas. First, be aware that the insurance company’s reputation precedes recovery. Choose a large company with a story behind the claim. Write your homework. Some insurance companies operating in the New Orleans area are fully renewed in all insurance policies, while others go bankrupt. I will not give you a list of the worst that can only be productive. But you have to make the best list.
After you choose a good insurance company, read the small print in the next step. The big debate in New Orleans now is whether the damage was caused by floods or tax-breaking storms that cause floods. Does that sound like double talk? There she is. But that’s how insurance companies pay billions of payments to their trusted customers.
Thousands of Louis residents say they don’t need flood insurance. Intentional or not, this semantic controversy is one way insurance companies transfer their responsibilities across the New Orleans area. The truth is that houses that are not in a special flood zone do not have to take flood insurance. Words that mean miles away are mandatory and necessary. Simply put, “all houses on the beach” need flood insurance regardless of whether it is “mandatory” or not. Read the small print or let your lawyer do it for you. This is really part of remote planning when it comes to storms.
Another small amount of planning that has been neglected is access to funds. If you are away from home for a long time, think about it. In a society without cash that continues to grow, we rely on the use of ATMs. If your money is at a small bank or a local bank, you might not be able to access your money if there is no communication. Inspection of flood-affected areas is often undesirable for the same reason. Yes, you might have to bring some money.
Last but not least, you need to set aside every important document for quick access and transportation. If you lose everything, you might not be able to prove who you are, where you work, are a bank, or live without documents. You might not be able to prove that even owning a house and owning a bank or building affected by a storm can’t help you. You can quickly move from a better home to life and gardens to homelessness.
Other preparations for distance involve eliminating values. We see photos of people who ransacked their belongings after a storm, trying to recover photos, documents, jewelry and other things, but this picture is not what you think it is. Houses hit by wind speeds of more than 200 km / h are confiscated in large, large and small items. In flooded houses, everything remains except for plastic and metal. All porous wood, paper, cloth, etc. Being in a pile of smelly, moldy, and moldy waste that cannot be separated. Don’t expect too much. So, write down your jewelry, your documents, and anything that is considered valuable and easy to carry before the storm.
Not much I know can prepare someone for emotional despair and surprise seeing everything you know. It is far worse to find a lost or dead neighbor or friend. Don’t return to your area early. Prepare yourself mentally. You might think you can handle it, but too often you will see the strongest people standing around the debris, crying, or looking confused. In fact, some people don’t respond for weeks or even months. Depression and melancholy save the gums from very strong men and women who think they can get back on their feet.
Part of remote planning includes mental and spiritual preparation for returning to your territory. Talk to your family and friends who are most supportive before shaking on stage. Get advice if you are still unsure and whether you are a believer. Give more prayers before your trip