Safety Steps in Your Home During a Hurricane
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.
- 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.)
- 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.