Hurricane IRMA observations
Having served on the 9-11 Commission and developed the national standards for Emergency Preparedness for the Private sector as well as living in Naples, Florida where the eye of IRMA hit, in September 2017, I have some observations.
- Mandatory evacuation means LEAVE. No one is responsible for you if you stay.
- Communications never work during a disaster. Ever. Some apps work as walkie-talkies (ZELLO)
- Predictions on the path of a hurricane are not accurate, so take the precautions.
- Supplies needed: Charging devices (needing D batteries) and gallons of water;
- Take essentials with you (Drivers license, passport, insurance papers);
- Take photos of home contents prior to the storm;
- Generators are life-savers, but they require gas to run and they can’t run AC;
- Remove goods from refrigerator before you leave;
- Turn water off and all fuse box to prevent power surge from blowing up equipment when power recovers;
- Store car in safe place full of gas
- Use NOAA for satellite imagery of disaster to see real-time disaster updates:
- Assume Insurance inspectors and FEMA response will take time;
- If you live where there are community assessments, be prepared for special assessments because insurance deductibles are high and landscaping/tree damage and removal are not insured.