Hurricane Safety Tips
Hurricane season affects the Atlantic Ocean from June through November, though most severe storms occur between August and October. Being ready prior to any severe storm making landfall, and knowing what to do once a storm hits, is critical.
- If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate you should do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
- If forced to weather a storm, get inside the most secure building possible and stay away from windows.
- Remember that a lull often signifies the storm's eye-not its end. Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed.
- Know your surroundings.
- Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property
- Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Consider installing a generator for emergencies.
- listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
- Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
Know the Terms:
- HURRICANE WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.
- HURRICANE WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.