Preparing For Disasters

By: Greg Hunter, CNN Newsource
By: Greg Hunter, CNN Newsource

Many families that evacuated because of floods are trying to get back to their homes.

But would you know what to do if you had to evacuate your home in a hurry?

Earthquakes in Hawaii and Peru, parts of Ohio underwater, tornadoes ripping through the Midwest and a Category 5 hurricane slamming into Mexico all have one thing in common--people needed to evacuate and shut down their homes fast.

"Storms are more unpredictable and can be stronger and since you never know what exactly is coming to you, you just have to be prepared," said Glen Derene, Senior Editor for Popular Mechanics.

Derene shows us how best to protect your property.

A gas leak could be explosive. Knowing where and how to shut your gas off is key, but practicing shutting your gas line off is not advised, because it can throw off your meter.

"It's a quarter turn valve and it's not like a water valve where you need to keep twisting--one pull down and you're done," explained Derene.

In an evacuation, Derene suggests shutting off breakers one by one so as not to damage appliances. But if you're in a hurry, just flip the main breaker.

"If there is standing water in the basement when you come back, you want to make sure there is no live power going into it," Derene continued.

The last item to "shut down" is your water.

"You just want to make sure that your main water supply doesn't flood your house. There's also external contamination in the main water supply outside and if you have city water, it could come in and contaminate your own house," Derene said.

It's estimated that as many as 500 families evacuated their homes in northern Ohio.

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