Hurricane 101: Be Prepared

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In a hurricane, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Have a kit ready to go for emergencies, get a plan together for your family and know your community resources and routes.

Some things to consider when planning:

  • where to go for community resources
  • how to get to higher ground if needed
  • where evacuation routes are
  • know if there are levees, dams and other potential safety threats in your area
  • how to prep your home, close and lock hurricane-proof windows, seal all openings, secure rooftops and yard items

If a hurricane is coming your way:

Stay tuned to the TV, radio or other media to know what actions you need to take when a hurricane is nearing. If you are told to evacuate, do not hesitate to do so. Get out as orderly and quickly as you can.

Those in mobile homes, high apartment complexes or flood zones should try to get somewhere more secure. (In apartments, seek shelter on or below the 10th floor.)

If you are staying in the home, close all doors, windows and openings and find a secure spot to stay, on a low-level floor and away from any unsealed windows or glass. Hallways and closets are a common option. Try to lie flat under something secure for protection. Do not tape your windows as this provides a false sense of security and can actually create larger shards of glass.

If you have  generator, be careful not to keep it in an enclosed space where carbon monoxide can become a risk.

If you have time, go through our hurricane preparedness checklist.

One of the most dangerous part of a hurricane is the storm surge flooding, which brings in a surge of tidal waves that can be powerful and cause massive flooding. Try to get to high ground, and avoid flooded areas, whether walking or in a vehicle. Tornados are also common before, during, and after a hurricane, so continue to stay informed.

After the storm passes, wear protective clothing and watch for hazards in your home, and be wary of food and water that may be unsafe. Use flashlights and not candles, because hurricanes damage may cause gas leaks. Mold and other long-term consequences are also a consideration.

Want to learn more about how to prepare your home and your family for a hurricane? Read more!