5 Deadly Mistakes To Avoid During a Hurricane

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Some of the most common deadly mistakes in a hurricane are also the most easily preventable.

Here are 5 of the most common and most deadly mistakes during a hurricane, and how to prevent them.

1. Underestimating the storm
A hurricane is a deadly and powerful force of nature. If you’re in a watch or warning area, it is always something to take seriously.

When you don’t take proper precautions, you are vulnerable to the devastating power of a storm.

2. Overlooking flood concerns
The storm surge is the oftentimes the deadliest part of a hurricane, with the flooding claiming the most lives.

Don’t assume that because you aren’t close to the coast that you shouldn’t prepare for flooding. Know your area’s flood risks, and take precautions like sandbagging your yard to protect your home and family.

3. Not evacuating, or not evacuating soon enough
If you can leave, it’s better to evacuate.

Don’t wait for an evacuation order to get out. It is never safer for you to stay in a shelter when you can escape the threat entirely.

Traffic can congest the exit routes. The longer you wait, the longer you’ll be in the danger zone. Don’t think you can outrun a storm. Get out as quickly as you can, and try to help neighbors leave, too.

And if there is an evacuation order? Find a way to leave. Don’t consider staying.

4. Not protecting your home
Sheltering in a vulnerable home is extremely dangerous. If your safety area isn’t hurricane-strong, you could be up against the full force of the storm.

Consider our recommendations for the most important retrofits. And if your home is optimized to stand up against a storm, you still need to do regular upkeep, checking each part of the home for time-worn or under-the-radar damage. You also want to do regular upkeep to your yard, to get rid of potential projectiles and hazards in case of strong winds.

5. Not following safety regulations after the storm
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer after an electrical outage from a storm. People using alternative fuels or generators can be caught off-guard by this poisonous gas, which can’t be detected by smell or sight, so it can kill you before you even notice it.

Be aware of the proper precautions for alternative fuels if the electricity is out. It’s more than just keeping them outdoors.

Food safety, cleanup, gas leaks and mold concerns are also pressing in the aftermath of a hurricane.

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