There is no question about the destructive nature of hurricanes, but in the end, rather than the hurricane, most of the destruction is caused by the falling of certain key infrastructure. In this first part, we will begin to discuss different types of infrastructure damage during hurricanes and how to prepare for them.
There are four common kinds of infrastructure damage caused by hurricanes that we will highlight. The first being building damage, this is when high winds can cause roofs to tear off, windows to break, and even take down whole buildings. This can also be caused by intense flooding and rain. The second kind is power outages. With damage to power lines and transformers, widespread power outages can affect homes and critical infrastructure such as hospitals.
In order to address building damage and power outages, an emergency plan is necessary. If your home is at risk of building damage, make sure you are aware of nearby shelters that you can get to. Ensure that everyone in your family or community is aware of this space and can navigate to it. For power outages, consider investing into a backup generator and alternative forms of communication such as radio.
We hope you found this information about this first part about infrastructure damage during hurricanes to be helpful in getting you prepared this hurricane season! At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!