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Rescuers cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Rescuers cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Hurricane season is upon us.

In recent years, a multitude of government agencies, such as fire departments, local, state and federal agencies and the preparedness industry are asserting the requirement for emergency and disaster preparedness. No matter whom you are, rich or poor, a storm such as a hurricane can and does affect thousands of people. Storms are not particular, the violent wind and rain combined with flood waters not only wreak havoc with you, your family and your possessions; they equally adversely hinder and involve the lives of rescue and relief organizations.

The media stresses how important it is to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster. Rescue and relief personnel providing assistance face the same circumstances that you are in. They are not playing a video game waiting to be notified that they have a call. They are preparing and readying themselves, their gear and their equipment to come to someone’s rescue. These courageous men and women will voluntarily risk their lives to save the lives of unknown people. They leave their own families in the face of danger in order to accomplish their duty.

Help is on the Way

Help and rescue must overcome many obstacles; it still takes time to come to someone’s rescue. Emergency and Disaster Preparedness organizations, including preparedness supply companies such as Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness, are at the ready to help. However, as in most situations, they must take care of themselves, their equipment and take stock of the (remaining) supplies before they can come to a rescue. Once the storm passes, then they must logistically organize the relief effort. Because hurricanes meander, while doing their destruction, areas hardest hit becomes a focus in order to save lives. Herein lies the problem: the storm throws and scatters debris from homes, businesses, sheds, garages, trees and anything else it can pick up. These obstructions block roads, destroy bridges and hinder rescue and relief efforts.

The Storm Victim

Time, is not on the side of the victims in a disaster area. This critical period, from the time it is safe enough for rescue organizations to begin the effort to the time help arrives in the devastated region can take up to a week or more. The most life-threatening period, that of during and immediately after the storm’s impact, is the most important time to be prepared. Being prepared does not have to mean preparing for an Apocalypse or even an alien invasion, but being prepared for two weeks to a month is beneficial.

Look at a brief timeline of what happens:

Alert Day                             Hurricane watches and alerts with possible landfall predictions

Warning Day                      Hurricane warnings state a coastline landfall is imminent.

Preparing Day                    A wide area is targeted – people race to pick clean the store shelves of water, food, batteries and other necessary items. There may be nothing left by the time you get to the store.

Storm Day                           Hurricane force winds hit the area, storm surges pound the coastline, torrential rains flood inland regions, razed buildings and downed trees block roads electrical power is out due to downed power lines, and the municipal water supply is contaminated by the floods that include a multitude of harmful bacteria and pollutants.

Storm Day 2                        The Hurricane continues to batter the coastline and the inland; its size only adds to its destructive forces.

The Day After                    The storm passes and leaves unbelievable ruin in its wake. The time for emergency, rescue and relief efforts commences. Once they determine what is needed, they have to figure out how to get to your location from their location. Remember they are as boxed in as you might be. A victim of the storm may only be a few miles from help, but like a needle in a haystack, they cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Devastation and destruction, no lights, no phone, no internet, damage as far as the eye can see and further. Floodwater engulfs entire neighborhoods. Food and water are hard to come by, but you managed to salvage a few items from the destruction.

Day 2                                     A helicopter flies over and you assume they are looking for victims, how Help Flagdo you hail them to let them know you are there, a speck among tons and tons of strewn debris? What of the injured, what becomes of them? The helicopter was only surveying the extent of the damage, not necessarily there to help the thousands of injured sufferers who are mostly in a state of shock.

Day 3                                     You share what you and others either found or were fortunate enough to acquire.

Day 4                                     In the distance, a rumble of thunder, a low flying plane drops some supplies to far away to get to because of the rubble. The supplies you gathered are running out, the injured may have perished or infection is starting to set in. Water surrounds you, but it is contaminated.

Days 5 & 6                           Food runs out, drinkable water is scarce if any is available, still no power, and anarchy starts to set in.

Day 7                                     The sounds of chainsaws and trucks are only a couple of miles away, but the devastation prohibits moving the injured. What supplies there were are gone.

Day 8                                     Hunger, thirst, illness, infection and weather conditions afflict the helpless storm victims.

Day 9                                     Rescue arrives, but at what cost? How many lives could have been saved if the victims had their own emergency disaster preparedness kit or a survival kit?

As previously stated, time is not on the side of the victims. Time is also not on the side of the first responders and emergency personnel. The victims of the hurricane must provide for themselves with enough food, water, water filtration, first aid kit, and much more. Click here for a complete list with link to ready.gov.

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