If you or someone you know needs help after a hurricane, start a Move Your Mountain online fundraising campaign.
There may be needs for temporary housing, food, or emergency needs.
As a born and bred New Yorker I have witnessed my fair share of hurricanes. They have run the gamut of huge ones like Hurricane Sandy where I was ordered to evacuate to smaller ones where I just had to sit tight and wait it out. I’ve had NO Water, NO Power (yup, not even Netflix) and I but I lived to tell the tale. I survived on bottled water (bottles of wine), chocolate chip cookies and the only working batteries I could find to light up my 1 flashlight.
Ok, so maybe you shouldn’t take my advice on how to prepare for a hurricane…
BUT – Here are the TOP 6 things you need to do to protect yourself and your family if a Hurricane strikes your ‘hood:
- STAY ALERT – Even if the bulk of the storm is over, stay alert for continued rainfall and local flooding. Tune into the local weather station on your radio and listen for the latest updates
- STAY OFF THE ROADS – Stay inside and off the streets, mostly likely there will be downed power lines and tons of flooding. If you have no reason to leave, DON’T!
- DON’T DRINK THE TAP WATER – Avoid drinking or preparing foods with the tap water until you are sure that it is not contaminated. Drink and cook only with bottled water
- USE FLASHLIGHTS ONLY – Do not light candles throughout your home. All you need is a fire on top of the damage you already have to deal with
- INSPECT YOUR HOME FOR DAMAGE – Take pictures of the damage caused to your home. Make sure to take photos of the outside and inside of any damage in order to support any insurance claims you may file
- MAKE EMERGENCY CALL ONLY – Your telephone should be used for emergency calls only…of course you can call your loved ones to make sure everyone is safe
The American Red Cross is available for immediate relief after a disaster by providing safe shelters, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services.
If you find yourself needing additional help such as monetary support to pay for temporary housing, rebuilding your home or paying for any damage, start on online fundraising campaign for free at MoveYourMountain.org. Let your friends and family help and support you in your time of need.