Safety Steps in Your Home During a Hurricane

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Be sure to be ready in advance for a hurricane with a preparedness kit and a preparedness plan. When a warning is issued, here are steps to take in your home to stay safe:

When a Hurricane is Approaching:

  • Bring outdoor items inside if they could be picked up by the wind (children’s toys, lawn furniture, bikes, etc.).
  • Once outdoor items are secure, stay indoors.
  • If you don’t have sturdy hurricane windows, shutter or board up windows
  • Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting, and try not to open it (to preserve the cold in case power goes out.)
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your tub with extra water (and additional containers, if you have them.)
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Grab your emergency supplies. Organize a hurricane preparedness kit in advance. Also have additional supplies in case of an evacuation.

Taking Shelter

  • Head to your safe location. Choose a small interior room on the lowest level of the home possible. A hallway or closet might be the best choice. If you’re on a floor above the 10th, take shelter on a lower level.
  • Lie on the floor, taking shelter under a sturdy object.
  • Stay here until you know the storm is over. (The eye of the storm may make it seem calm before the danger has actually passed.)

Avoid:

  • Opening the fridge if you can (using a separate cooler can help.)
  • Leaving your safe location.
  • Using elevators in case the power goes out.
  • Opening any doors or windows.

If You Must Evacuate:

  • If you’re instructed to evacuate, don’t hesitate. Leave as quickly as you can.
  • Grab your prepared evacuation kit.
  • Check your gas tank. If you need to, fuel up the car before you leave.
  • When driving, avoid all standing water. Even small-seeming puddles might be dangerous
  • Report any loose or dangling power lines you see.
  • Don’t return home until officials say it is safe.

Have any other hurricane safety tips to share? Tell us in the comments.