Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Charley in 2004. It is an active tropical cyclone that made landfall in Texas on Friday, sweeping ashore as a category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm made a second landfall a little later, on the Northeastern Shore of Copano Bay. Forecasters call it the strongest hurricane to slam into the United States in nearly 12 years. The damage that was predicted to trail Hurricane Harvey didn’t cease to appear. It has been reported that more than 211,000 were left without power on the Texas Gulf Coast.
When faced with what is the most powerful storm to hit the United States, Mr. Trump along with the team he has put in place at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the President signed a disaster declaration to allocate federal funds for relief efforts. Thomas P. Bossert, Mr. Trump’s homeland security adviser, told reporters that the President is in close touch with the governors of Texas and Louisiana, the two most affected states. Mr. Rosen, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, said: “I think post-Katrina, from a preparation standpoint, one of the lessons was prepare, prepare, prepare – and when you’re done preparing, prepare a little more,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) advised Mr. Trump to “keep on top of Hurricane Harvey don’t make the same mistake President Bush made with Katrina” the day before the hurricane hit the United States, to which he responded “got your message loud and clear. We have fantastic people on the ground, got there long before #Harvey. So far, so good!”
So, what can people do to protect themselves against the damage Hurricane Harvey caused and also against future natural disasters? Here are a few tips:
• Know where to go. Find the routes to local hurricane evaluation center;
• Organize your “go-bag”. It’s important to have a disaster supply kit with flashlights, batteries, cash, first-aid supplies and copies of important documents, in case of evacuation;
• Even if you’re not told to evacuate, make sure you stock up at home with everything you need, such as water, food, and medication;
• Listen to storm reports so you know what to expect.
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Featured image via The New York Times.