Make plans to secure your property:
♦ Cover all of your home’s windows.
Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.
A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood,
cut to fit and ready to install. 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.
♦ Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous
and expensive structural damage.
♦ Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else
that is not tied down.
♦ Determine how and where to secure your boat.
♦ Install a generator for emergencies.
♦ If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
♦ Consider building a safe room.
♦ Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection.
Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage.
During a Hurricane
♦ Listen to the radio or TV for information.
♦ Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
♦ Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
♦ Turn off propane tanks
♦ Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
♦ Moor your boat if time permits.
♦ Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
♦ Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.
You should evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are directed by local authorities to do so.
Be sure to follow their instructions.
♦ If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure –
such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
♦ If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
♦ If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.
Read more about evacuating yourself and your family.
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room.
If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
♦ Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
♦ Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
♦ Keep curtains and blinds closed.
Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
♦ Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
♦ Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
♦ Avoid using elevators.