HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Summer brings all sorts of pleasant things – picnics, beach outings, more daylight hours, and family gatherings. Unfortunately, the warm weather also heralds hurricane season, which runs from early June through the end of November.
Although we can’t control the weather, there is much we can do to stay safe when hurricane conditions hit.
Red Cross Safety Tips for Hurricane Weather
The Red Cross urges people who live in hurricane-prone areas to consider the following safety tips:
- Listen to weather forecasts when bad weather approaches. Hurricane watches are issued any time hurricane conditions are likely to be a threat within the next 48 hours. Hurricane warnings are issued when hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.
- Assemble “disaster supplies” in an easy-to-reach, central location in your home. Include things like water bottles, blankets, batteries, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, extra cash, flares, bandages, and other first-aid supplies. You should include at least a three-day supply of food and water as well as a seven-day supply of any necessary medications. If you have pets or an infant, also include essential supplies for them.
- Close all windows, doors, and shutters at the first sign of a hurricane. If your home doesn’t have shutters, board up your windows with plywood to prevent glass from flying through the home’s interior.
- Turn off any propane tanks.
- Top off the fuel in your vehicles.
- Turn off and unplug any small appliances, such as space heaters and fans.
- Place your freezer and refrigerator at the coldest settings. If you lose power, the food inside will have a better chance of staying cold and lasting longer.
It’s also critically important to listen for evacuation orders and to obey them if they’re issued. Although it’s understandable that people want to protect their homes and their possessions, nothing you own is worth risking serious injury or your life.
Finally, be prepared to document any damage to your home or property. Keep a spare set of house keys and important documents, such as your insurance information, in your emergency supply kit. You should also include a camera so you’re able to take photos of any damage that occurs.
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