Hurricanes are very dangerous storms. In order to be classified as a Hurricane, a storm’s winds must be in excess of 74 mph. The hurricane wind scale rates storms from 1 to 5 based on sustained wind speeds. Storms with high ratings are more dangerous and likely to cause property damage and personal injury. LifeSecure has identified some of the most common injuries sustained during hurricanes and how they can be treated by first responders.
Note: Before treating someone with a serious injury please make sure that you are safe and that paramedics have been called. Unfortunately, 911 response times can be delayed by large storms as can access to cell service and phone lines. Having a Hurricane Ready First Aid kit on hand will help address immediate first aid needs and in some cases, can save a life.
During hurricane evacuations, people tend to rush to get out of at-risk areas. Anxious and distracted drivers along with high winds and rain can lead to accidents. Additionally, traffic lights are likely to be out at intersections and roads may be flooded. If an accident does occur or your car becomes stranded having a survival kit in your car can help you treat injuries, stay warm and hydrated until paramedics arrive.
Not only can flood water be heavily contaminated by sewage and toxic chemicals but it may also conceal broken glass, sharp, rusted metal or other debris. Cuts sustained in this type of environment are more susceptible to serious infections. Be prepared to treat cuts by using an auto-ready first aid kit.
Most perishable foods can only be left in an unopened refrigerator for 24 hours before it begins to go bad. Milk and hard-boiled eggs should be discarded if they’ve been at room temperature for more than 2 hours. In preparation for a storm make sure to have plenty of water for you and your family. If you plan on using tap water, make sure to follow any orders to boil or disinfect it before drinking. Invest in a water pump/filter kit to ensure you have access to a safe water supply.
Carbon Monoxide Exposure
If you are using a generator for a secondary source of power, make sure you also have a carbon monoxide detector, either battery operated or with a battery backup. Breathing in carbon monoxide can be deadly. Never operate a generator inside a closed area even if windows and doors are open. Check out these light and power alternatives that do not carry the risks associated with generators.
Broken bones/Heavy Bleeding
Prior to hurricane evacuation, many people try to prep their homes by getting on ladders to close storm windows. Falls from a ladder can cause serious injuries like broken bones and internal bleeding. During and after the storm falling tree limbs and debris can cause severe injuries. Bleed control kits will make the difference between life and death if the injury brings on heavy bleeding.
Hurricanes are powerful natural events that often cause significant damage to our environment and infrastructure. If you live in an area that experiences hurricanes it is critical that you prepare your homes and vehicles by outfitting them with first-aid resources and other survival tools. LifeSecure has everything you need to stay safe and secure before, during and after a hurricane.