Knowing how to react and what to do in a hurricane could very well save you and your entire family’s life! Do you have hurricanes in your area? If you happen to live in a spot where hurricanes occur quite often, you need to ensure you know about all of the evacuation routes available to you. Always keep an eye on local news and your ears open to local radio for the latest information on hurricanes in your area. Here are some more very helpful hurricane safety tips to guide you:
What is a Hurricane Watch?
When a hurricane watch is given in your specific area that usually means you can probably expect the hurricane to arrive within about 36 hours. If you receive this watch, it is time to start enacting your family’s emergency disaster plans. You need to take measures to protect yourselves.
What Do I do after a Watch is announced?
The first thing you need to do is bring all outdoor items that could fall or cause damage, inside. If you cannot bring something inside, you need to secure the item to the ground so it cannot blow away. You should have stored away some extra wooden planks or boards for this situation, so get those out and board up all windows! Turn off all gas, electricity and water. Make sure all family pets are kept very safe at this time as well. If you are living in a mobile home, you should ask a friend to be ready and available to house you during a hurricane. Have your hurricane safety kit close by in case you need any of the supplies. Supplies in your hurricane safety kit might include:
-Canned food and can opener
-Hand crank radio
-First aid kit
-Universal cell phone charger
-Small toys for children to occupy themselves with
When the Hurricane Hits
These hurricane safety tips are going to help you stay alive during the actual occurrence of the hurricane!
You must remember to stay away from windows and doors. Keep any and all curtains and blinds shut tightly. Stay in a smaller interior room or even a closet or hall way. If you have to, lay under a table or sturdy piece of furniture to protect yourself. Do not attempt to go outside at all during the hurricane. If emergency evacuation is suggested, evacuate immediately. Make sure you have extra gas in your car in case this happens.
If you and your family study weather patterns, and know what the high pressure ridge is in your area, you will be ready when the time comes to either bunker down or evacuate!