Hurricane Safety & Preparedness
Before the Storm Preparations/Safety Procedures:
- Plan an evacuation route. Contact
local authorities for information about evacuation routes and shelters.
Leave early. Always let someone out of state know what your evacuation
- Create an inventory of items in your house. Video-tape or take pictures of your home.
- Gather insurance information and check into flood insurance.
- If it looks as though water may enter
your home, it's good idea to open the main breaker in your electrical
breaker box in order to cut off power.
- Adjust the temperature of your
refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting to keep your food
fresh longer in case you loose power.
- Unplug appliances and electronic equipment.
- Turn off electricity and main water valve.
- If you have a swimming pool, turnoff all pumps and filters.
- Have your hurricane supply kit ready to go.
- Cover windows.
- Plan for pet safety.
- Bring outdoor furniture inside.
- Fasten boats securely.
- Elevate furniture to minimize damage in case of flooding.
- Lock your home.
- Fill bath tubs with extra water.
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for news about watches, warnings and storm damage.
Check Insurance Before Hurricanes Threaten
- Check your homeowner's policy to make sure it contains flood and wind coverage.
- Review coverage limits on your home and valuables to make sure they are fully covered.
- Determine whether the policy will pay for additional living expenses to cover the cost of hotel rooms and meals if necessary.
- Record an inventory of all personal belongings.
After the Storm: Remember Safety First
- Please use common sense - electricity and water do not mix.
- Never attempt to plug in or use an electrical appliance or device while standing in water or on a damp surface.
- If water entered your home, you should have your electrical wiring inspected by a qualified electrician as quickly as possible.
- In cases where electric motors were
flooded, they should be thoroughly checked by an electrician or
certified repairman before reconnected to a power source.
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed while without electric service.
- Treat all downed power lines as energized.
- Beware of downed lines hidden by debris.
- Report all downed lines immediately.
- Prevent generator back feed.
- Plug appliances or equipment directly into the generator.
- Keep the machine in an open area to reduce carbon monoxide emissions.
Hurricane Supply Kit
- Water - at least one gallon daily per person for three to seven days.
- Food - enough for each person for three to seven days.
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices.
- Food for infants or the elderly.
- Non-electric can opener.
- Cooking tools/fuel.
- Paper plates/plastic utensils.
- Blankets/pillows, etc.
- Clothing - seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes
- First aid kit complete with prescription drugs
- Radio - Battery operated NOAA weather radio
- Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open after the storm
- Important documents - including
insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security Cards,
etc. Make sure these items are stored in a water proof container.
- Full tanks of gas in vehicles.
- Toy, books and games.
Don't Forget Man's Best Friend
Adding a few items to your hurricane kit
can ensure your four-legged friends will weather the storm. Please
remember that most shelters do not allow pets, so be sure to make other
- Pet care items to include in your hurricane kit:
- Proper identification
- Immunization records
- Ample supply of food and water
- Leash and muzzle
- A picture of your pet
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