Sandy has made her unprecedented hard left & is upon us. While the time for any real preparation may be past, Eric Limer from Gizmodo.com shares 5 common myths people rely on in their preparations & why your efforts may be better spent elsewhere.
- Myth 1: Taping up windows prevents them from shattering
No it doesn’t. Flying debris can shatter windows into tiny pieces, but taping them up will result in larger, more dangerous shards.
- Myth 2: You should crack open your windows to stabilize pressure
Damage to your home can happen long before the pressure builds enough to be a threat. And it can be dangerous. As Eric puts it: “when violent wind gets in, it’s going to look for a violent way out”.
- Myth 3: I only need to board up windows and doors that are facing the water
A hurricane is a moving, rotating storm. There is no reason to believe that damaging winds & debris will attack from only one direction.
- Myth 4: Leaning against a door or window that’s being blown in by wind pressure can save it from breaking or shattering
Why rush towards a door that’s about to be blown (or sucked) in? Not to mention the flying debris & damaging winds that may follow. If your windows & doors are being threatened, get away from them & seek cover.
- Myth 5: I’m not on the coast, so a hurricane can’t possibly hit me
Just look at the forcasted track. It’s taking Sandy through central PA, NY & up into Canada. Also, just look at the size of the thing! Effects are supposed to be felt as far west as Ohio & the Great Lakes. It’s important not to fall into a state of complacency when local authorities issue warnings to be prepared for dangerous conditions.
Hurricanes need to be taken seriously. Preparations & warnings advised by local authorities & true experts in this field need to be heeded. They are for your own safety. But most importantly, one needs to use large doses of common sense. Stay safe!
For Eric’s full article, visit Gizmodo.com