Hurricane Hack #2

By Gerard Braud, CSP, Fellow IEC

I train companies and organizations how to effectively communicate in a crisis. This requires work in advance on a clear sunny day, to prepare for their worst day.

The same principle applies as I prepare for potential storms and hurricanes during hurricane season at my lakefront home just outside of New Orleans. The work is done before the storm hits, to be prepared during the storm and after the storm.

In hurricane hack #1 I talked about a refrigerator hurricane hack and today I bring to you hurricane hack #2, the bathtub hack, which could really save you and your family during and after a tropical storm or hurricane.

When there is a hurricane, communities often lose their water supply completely or it could be contaminated. Whether you choose to stay in your home during the storm or you have evacuated, you will need drinking water, bathing water, and toilet water. Here is how not to come home to, or live in a home with no running water.

Do NOT simply fill your bathtub with water. The barometric pressure could change so much, that you could still come home to no water.

Grab or buy a large plastic tub and fill it with water before the storm. You can scoop it out to use for the toilet or use it in any way you need to.

If you liked this hurricane hack, view Hurricane Hack #1 and stay tuned for more hurricane hacks and crisis communications tips on the BraudCast YouTube channel!

Crisis communications and media training expert Gerard Braud, CSP, Fellow IEC is based in New Orleans. Organizations on five continents have relied on him to write their crisis communications plans and to train their spokespeople. He is the author of “Don’t Talk to the Media Until…”

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