Hurricane Safety Tips

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It's That Time of Year: Hurricane Season - How Do You Protect Your Home and Family?
 
Increase your awareness and protect yourself, your family, home and property from harmful hurricanes by taking note of important hurricane information the NOAA provides.


Hurricane Safety - Before the Hurricane Hits:

- Keep photos or video of your home, its contents and other personal property in a separate location, such as in a safe deposit box
- Photocopy personal IDs, credit cards, insurance policies and other important documents and keep them in a watertight container with your emergency supplies
- Fuel and service family vehicles and consider investing in a fuel transfer tank
- Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or plywood
- Secure or bring in lightweight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture
- Keep extra cash on hand for emergency purposes
- Develop a family emergency plan, detailing how family members are to evacuate the house and where to meet

- Plan to leave immediately if you:
  Live in a mobile home (unsafe in high winds, even if securely fastened to the ground)
  Live on the coastline, on an offshore island or near a river or flood plain
  Live in a high-rise building (hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations)


Hurricane Safety - During the Hurricane Storm:

- Listen closely to a radio tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or official bulletins for hurricane information
- Evacuate to a safe location when instructed by officials
- Notify neighbors and family members outside the warned area of your hurricane evacuation plans

- If you have NOT been ordered to leave and remain in your home:
  Turn refrigerator to its coldest setting and keep it closed
  Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes
  Stay in a small interior room or closet, ideally without windows


Hurricane Safety - After the Hurricane Storm:

- Listen to the radio for weather, road conditions, updates and instructions
- Return to your home when instructed to do so by authorities
- Do not attempt to drive through or across flowing water, or cross areas where water is flowing (moving water as little as 6" deep      can sweep you away)
- Stay away from standing water (it may be electrically charged from downed power lines)
- Take pictures of the damage to your property and notify your insurance company
- Have utilities like gas, water and electric inspected by professionals
- Use tap water for drinking and cooking only when local officials say it is safe to do so
- Use a battery powered spotlight or flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles or open flames indoors.
- Keep your spirits up. The situation may seem bleak, but things will improve.

 
Home Emergency Preparation Equipment:

- 3-day supply of water
- Non-perishable food
- Change of clothing and shoes
- Prescription medicine
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- First aid kit
- Emergency tools
- Extra set of car keys
- Batteries and radio
- Emergency generator
- Extra cash, credit cards
- Flashlights and spotlights
- Special items for infants, young children, elderly or disabled family members