How To Stay Healthy When The Hurricane Strikes
A severe tropical cyclones is a condition when there’s a rise in sea surface temperatures and resulting to intense hurricanes as it is known in the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific. The tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles per hour or greater is usually accompanied by rain, thunder or lightning and smashing everything on its path.
The catastrophe can cause loss of human lives and serious economic damage. In 2005, more than 28 tropical storms and hurricanes, including Katrina, were spawned in the Atlantic Ocean. How do you keep yourself composed when you are pressed to stay healthy under this condition? There are several ways and these tips are going to pull you through the catastrophe.
Get yourself advanced with advancing yourself.
Prepare yourself with a list of your prescribed medications. Make that list in advance and that list will include your medications dosage plus any known allergies related to you. During prolonged power failures, insulin or any liquid antibiotics should be stored on ice. To prepare yourself against the worse, also keep your stocks on non-prescribed medications like aspirins and antacids aplenty. The action might save you in this time of dire.
Keep yourself relax and stay connected.
Calm yourself and try to relax before the storm arrives. Mother Nature can be at its wrath sometimes. Engage yourself in activities like exercise or having a chat, spending enjoyable good time with your family to de-stress and calms yourself before the predicted storms. A good way to relax you through this experience is to give yourself a reality check. Give yourself a mental vacation and talk about the experience once the storm passes. Have your list of your doctors ready. Be prepared with their contact information just in case you need to call them if there’s an emergency.
Always make sure that you know your whereabouts.
One of the key points to stay survive is by staying together. Before and after the storm, make sure that you are connected to someone dear. It may also be good to call your out-of-state friend to be your ‘family contact’ and keep that connection intact. After all when the disaster ends, you can make that long distance calls.
Always be prepared and make sure that you are comfortable to get through this tiring time.
Stock up on extra clothing, bedding and also blankets. For comfort, you may want to stock this up for at least one night or more and ensure that they are clean and washed before that. Your first aid kit should also be ready and include items like bandages, soap, antiseptic, thermometer, tweezers and gloves. Be prepared to be self-sufficient as you may expect to be out of aid from stores, government or the medical system for at least a period of 1 to 5 days.
Do not forget about your baby’s stuffs.
If you have young children, do not forget to stock their diapers, wipes and other special items needed. Some of the other infant essentials like formula, milk powder, medicines and plenty of sanitized bottles should also be stored and come in handy when you need them for your young ones.
Take an extra look around.
If you’re wearing glasses or contact lenses, always be prepared with an extra pair. Bring along the cleaning solution just in case. If necessary, gather together hearing-aid batteries, wheelchair batteries and also oxygen. If you have medical devices like pacemakers, make sure that the style and the serial numbers of the devices are jotted down. Besides this, keep your medical insurance and medical insurance locked in a safe and secure location.
It is also essential to stock up on toilet paper and feminine products.
Do not neglect your healthiness and keep it clean all the times. Also ensure that you also keep plastic bags handy and twist tie them before throwing away the products used before. Conveniently, keep clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent and household chlorine bleach products handy.
Most importantly is of course is to keep your self organized.
Stay organized and have plenty of bottled water and none-perishable food in stock. At least one gallon of water daily per person for three to seven days is recommended by the National Hurricane Center to keep you throughout the disaster. And to stay alive besides all the preparations above, you also need to know how to stock your food for a hurricane and pray for you and your family safety.
Stocking Your Food
Buy food wisely, since purchasing your food in preparation for a hurricane may be costly. Remember of what you and your family normally eats and if it’s okay, replace them with their substitutes that may not be required to be put inside the fridge. By having food packages that may not be required refrigeration you may save yourself from damaged food and may also keep the food inside the store just in case the hurricane changes it’s course. Your budget is saved and you can save the food for later. Here are some recommendations on how to stock your food.
To prevent spoilage, buy products in small packages and just buy adequate food enough for at least one week. Buy healthy food and include some snack food. The snack food served as ‘comfort’ foods and can be served on a short-time basis. However, take this as a short break and get back to the healthy diet immediately. You may want to include the items below in your grocery list when shopping your food.
Have your list handy with items like, canned or dried fruits, canned meats, canned vegetables, milk, cans or cartons of juices, bread or crackers, fresh bottled water, powdered milk (mixed this with purified water for that healthy effect!), powdered cheese and also no-fridge no-fuss food. At least a gallon a day of fresh bottled water is needed per person. For milk, look for those with long shelf life. There are 3 types of them. Canned milk, ultraheat-treated milk and also the powdered milk.
If you are on a prescribed diet, look for substitutes. Usually the substitutes are in cans or boxes and read their labels carefully. These canned foods are either normally high in sodium or high in corn syrup or sugar. Find products that satisfy your diet requirements.
For infants, you may buy those ready-to-eat baby food and infant formula. Usually, the baby foods are packed in small jars. As for infant formula, buy the one that needs no sterilization. Their bottles however can be rinsed in bleach purified water.
As for toddlers, buy them no-fridge food or ‘finger food’ items in small packages. The food may include items like dry cereal, canned fruits or fresh fruits like banana, bread and also processed cheese products.
There must be a reason, why small packages that require no refrigeration and light-packed for one meal are suggested when shopping. This is to avoid spoilage since food may ruin easily and you don’t have to worry about the leftovers. Bacteria will find a spot like a partial thawed meat a potential place to grow.
For parents who normally feed their baby with a combination of baby food like ½ a jar of meat and ½ a jar of fruit at one meal, they need to rethink the option again during this time. This is to avoid any spoilage of food due to opened jars. Instead, feed your baby one full jar of meat at one meal and the other jar of fruit on next meal. Don’t worry about malnutrition if you opt to do this. They will still receive the balanced nutrition they required.
When using refrigerator, make sure that you don’t open its door frequently. Refrigerators with doors closed can maintain its cool temperatures for up to 24 hours. If you keep your food inside the refrigerator you can be certain that your food is still safe for consumption when your electricity comes back during that period. But do remember to check those foods carefully.
Be Cautioned. Keeping Your Food Safe
Partially thawed meat that was kept inside your freezer should be cooked immediately and shouldn’t be refrozen. Bacteria will find partially thawed food as an irresistible place to grow. The meat should be cooked immediately when they are no longer ice crystals inside them.
In addition, this information should always be remembered. If the refrigerator’s temperature becomes greater than 40°F, any perishable food, such as refrigerated meat or dairy products, will be unsafe to eat within three hours. Throw your food out when in doubt.
Some advanced planning is helpful to help your freezer to stay cool for a 24 hour period. A day before the hurricane, fill the container with some extra space near its top with tap water and put them around the food. This will help food to remain cool and you’ll have some water which is safe for drinking for the first few hours after the storm.
Check your food labels carefully. Some canned foods have longer shelf life from 3 to 5 years but some only good for at least a year. They should have expiration dates displayed. Many items like ultra-heat-treated milk do have this expiration dates as guidelines. Check the can conditions for any leakage, rust, bulging and dent, if you can’t find any expiration dates.
Drinking Safe Water
Although, there’s no standard settings for bottled water at national, state or locally; bottled water are safe to be purchased and consumed. In general, bottled water can contains little or no disinfectant. With this missing, bottled water can become rapidly contaminated. Keep bottled water refrigerated to avoid any bacteria growth.
There are 3 approved methods of purifying water, if you are notified that your public water system is unsafe or in doubt. Always boil your water. Boil them vigorously for one to three minutes. Pour the boiled water from one container to another several times to improve the taste of the boiled water. Use water purification tablets to sanitize potentially contaminated water. These tablets have fairly long shelf life available at any camping or sporting good stores. You can also use bleach to purify the water. Household bleach that contains hypochlorite, preferably 5.25% is suitable but certain instructions should be follow before you can purify the water. If you have 1 quart of water, add 2 drops of bleach if the water is clear and if the water is cloudy, add 4 drops of bleach. If you have more water to be purified like 1 gallon, add 8 drops for clear water and 16 drops for cloudy water. And if you still want to purify some more, add ½ teaspoon for a 5 gallons of clear water and 1 teaspoon of bleach if the water is cloudy for the same amount of many.
Healthy Diet After The Storm
After the storm for at least two to three days, you may munch and snack yourself to get you through the initial rough period. Immediately, get back to your normal diet with well rounded meals. This will help you maintain your good health and emotions, and eventually it will lead you back to healthy lifestyle.
After the storm, air-conditioning is often off and exposure to heat is more than normal. To prevent dehydration, drink fluids continuously. It was also recommended earlier that at least of one gallon of water should be taken for each per day. If you wish, substitute other fluids for the water like fruit juices, canned ice tea or also milk. Scheduled your eating time to help with your children sense of security and to revitalize your family structure.
Ensure that certain guidelines are followed when you cook on grill, camp stoves or sterno. An internal meat temperature of 140°F – 160°F should always been maintained when cooking. Use a meat thermometer if in doubt. Cooked pork and chicken thoroughly and ensure that the juices run clear and it does not appear pinkish. Canned vegetables are safe to eat immediately or they can also be heated and served slightly warm.