A hurricane is defined as any tropical or subtropical storm with winds above 119 km/h. These storms can develop suddenly usually late summer to early fall, so you should be ready at all times. To survive one, you must prepare beforehand, how to weather the storm, and what precautions you’ll need to take when it’s over.
Planning Before a Hurricane
* Secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.
* Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure in order to reduce roof damage.
* Trim trees and shrubs around your home
* Prevent misdirected flooding by clearing loose and clogged rain gutters Determine how and where to secure your boat.
* Consider building a safe room.
* Keep a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in case you lose power and you are isolated for a number of days.
Weathering the hurricane
* Evacuate. Leave your home in a group and take one car if possible.
* Always obey local orders to evacuate.
* Only take what you really need, like your cell phone, meds, identification, cash, and perhaps some clothes.
Find a shelter. This shelter should not have any windows or skylights. If it’s in your home, close all interior doors and secure and brace the external doors
* Choose an interior room with strong walls and no windows. An interior bathroom or closet can work, for example. You can even protect yourself in a ceramic bathtub, covering the top with plywood.
* Search for a community shelter. Find one near you, bringing things like meds, insurance papers, IDs, bedding, flashlights, basic snacks, and games
* it’s probably best to stay inside and sheltered. The high winds and flying debris can injure or even kill you.
* Try to call 911 if you or your family are in life-threatening danger
* Be careful even after the all-clear. There will be lots of hazards like downed trees, wires, and power lines. Do not go near any of these lines or wires. Call the power company or emergency services to help you, instead.
* Keep off from flooded areas, as well. Use extreme caution if you have to enter a flooded area, as there may be hidden debris or other hazards.
* Stay away if you smell gas, see flood waters, or if the building has been damaged by fire.
* Use a flashlight rather than candles, matches, torches, or lanterns. There may be a gas leak and you could cause a fire or explosion. Open windows and doors to let any such gas escape.
* Do not try to turn on the electricity unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure it’s safe. Check all electric and gas connections before turning them on.
* Be mindful of loose or slippery floorboards, falling debris, and cracked masonry when entering a structure
Stay well informed, so you will now when it is safe to go back to you home.