HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
While forecasting methods and tools are improving year after year, people are still at great risk to tropical storms and hurricanes especially along the coastline. The following is a list of helpful hints that you can use before hurricane season, when a watch or warning is issued, and before, during, and after a tropical storm, or hurricane strikes your area. Pre-season preparation: • Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast • Have proper supplies – see article on page 10: checklist for hurricane survival When a watch or warning is issued: • Leave low-lying areas • Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters • Secure outside objects • Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water • Have several days supply of food and water for each family member If called to evacuate, do so immediately. Before the Storm • Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action • Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet • Have house boarded up or storm shutters in place • Have plenty of food and water • Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit are available for use Have a secure room available During the Storm • Stay in the secure room • Stay away from windows • Do not use the phone or candles • Monitor weather and government bulletins. • Have supplies on hand • Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly After the Storm • Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out • Report downed power lines, and stay away from them • Use stored water and food Be patient – it will take a while before things get back to normal.