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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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Hurricane Names for 2014 | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Names

The National Hurricane Center has named hurricanes since 1953, and the World Meteorological Organization under strict

procedures, maintains the hurricane name lists.

Have you ever wondered why you seem to see the same names given to hurricanes? There are six lists of names, one name per storm per year with the names of each storm repeating on each list every sixth year. This means we will see “Arthur” again in 2020.The Greek alphabet follows if there are more storms than pre-named storms. These lists are recycled over a six-year period unless there is a catastrophic event. If significant damage or death occurs, the hurricane name is retired. This is the only time the lists are modified.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has the authority to remove the name(s) from the list and replace it with another.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Names

Arthur   Bertha   Cristobal   Dolly   Edouard   Fay   Gonzalo   Hanna   Isaias   Josephine   Kyle   Laura   Marco   Nana   Omar   Paulette   Rene   Sally   Teddy   Vicky   Wilfred


2014 Eastern North Pacific Names

  Amanda   Boris   Cristina   Douglas   Elida   Fausto    Genevieve   Hernan   Iselle   Julio   Karina   Lowell   Marie   Norbert   Odile   Polo   Rachel   Simon   Trudy   Vance   Winnie   Xavier   Yolanda   Zeke


Listed below are the names of hurricanes that were retired since 2004

Retired Hurricane Names since 2004, (total 20):

2004
Charley
Frances
Ivan
Jeanne
2005
Dennis
Katrina
Rita
Stan
Wilma
2006 2007
Dean
Felix
Noel
2008
Gustav
Ike
Paloma
2009
2010
Igor
Tomas
2011
Irene
2012
Sandy
2013
Ingrid
2014

Source http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml

1994 to 2004 retired another 20 names; however, the prior 10 years, 1984 to 1994 only had 9 retired storms.

The records show in the last twenty years, 40 named storms were retired from use. Devastation from these storms took their toll on lives and property. Many victims were unprepared for the violent rain, wind, hail and water. Many others were not prepared to survive after the hurricane hit. Your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

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