HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM SAFETY TIPS
Aug 25, 2017 10:05AM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall
Although storm tracking has improved vastly over the past few decades, mother-nature has show us time and time again that she has a mind of her own—so no matter how safe you think you are during a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning—make it a point to do all that you can to keep you and your family safe.
The following safety tips can make a huge difference when preparing for a storm:
While Under A Storm Watch or Warning:
- Leave low lying areas.
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
- Secure outside objects.
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your car and/or generator.
- Have several days supply of food and water for each family member.
- If called to evacuate, do so immediately. Know where you will go and make sure friends and family members know your plan.
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 have storm shutters in place.
- Have plenty of food and water.
- Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use.
- Have a secure room available.
During The Storm:
- Stay in Secure Room.
- Stay away from windows.
- Do not use the phone, or candles.
- Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
- Have supplies on hand.
- Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
After The Storm:
- Make sure all is 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. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.
For more information visit the National Hurricane Center’s website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php