What to do in case of a Hurricane
- Begin listening for storm updates or check National Hurricane Center updates at www.nhc.noaa.gov.
- Fill the car’s gas tank and keep it topped off.
- Fill propane tanks for gas grills and camp stoves.
- Check your battery-powered equipment. A radio, lantern, flash lights… get candles
- preparedness plan with your household:
- Refill prescriptions.
- Stock canned foods, soft drinks and water.
- Collect medical and property insurance papers, immunization records and medical records of anyone with special needs in a rugged, waterproof container. Include a few cherished mementos. If you evacuate to a friend or shelter, take these items with you.
- If you are not in an evacuation zone, determine your “safe room” or a room that is away from windows and has walls close together.
- Put shutters, window and door protection in place
- Do not trim branches or limbs from trees. These could become dangerous missiles if picked up by the wind.
- Fill bathtubs and jugs with water. Figure on using a gallon of water per person per day.
- If you have a pool you can always use that water to flush toilets.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer settings to the coldest levels. Freeze water in plastic containers. Keeps thins cold even if freezer no longer runs.
- Bring in any outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds: mailboxes, garbage cans, lawn furniture and garden tools.
- Anchor anything that cannot be brought inside.
- Install shutters or cover all your windows and doors.
- Keep all windows closed during the storm.
- Disconnect natural gas to individual appliances at the supply valves near each unit. Do not turn off the main gas line. Disconnect propane gas from individual appliances.
- Remove valuable pictures and bric-a-brac from walls.
- Wedge sliding glass doors with a bar.
- Draw drapes and blinds.
- Lower the water level in your pool. Turn off electricity to the pool and cover the pump equipment with waterproof material. Store child safety fences.
- Gather your hurricane kit and stay in your safe room. Essentials for the room include your hurricane kit, sturdy shoes, something to cover your head such as a pillow or mattress and a fire extinguisher.
- Did I mention getting some cash-out and the Pet food …
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