Before a Hurricane:
+ Educate yourself on where you live and the likelihood of flooding.
+ Identify lebees and dams to determine potential threats.
+ Plan to secure your property (install a generator, reinforce windows and garage doors, etc).
+ If you work in a tall building, plan to take cover on the 10th or lower floor.
+ Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and safe spots for shelter in higher ground.
+ Construct a family communication plan.
During a Hurricane:
If you live in an area that is prone to Hurricanes:
+ Stay tuned to local news and weather radio for updates on conditions.
+ Turn off propane tanks.
+ Prepare water supply for hygiene and flushing toilets. Fill bathtubs and other large containers with water.
+ Turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting and close doors to preserve food for as long as possible.
+ Evacuate high-rise buildings, mobile homes, and low ground.
+ Stay inside and away from doors or windows.
+ Take cover in a small central room or hallway on the lowest level.
+ Do not take elevators or other modes of transportation where you could be trapped.
After a Hurricane:
+ Stay up-to-date with weather conditions.
+ Return to your home only when safety official deem it to be safe.
+ If you cannot re-enter in your house but require shelter, text:
SHELTER +your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) -
Example: SHELTER 84058.
+ FEMA also allows you to apply for assistance after a natural disaster.
+ Only drive when absolutely necessary.
+ Check for power lines and structures that have been damaged.
+ Be aware of smells of gas as pipes may have been damaged in the storm.
+ Take pictures of all damage for insurance purposes.
+ Keep a watchful eye for wild animals as well as your own pets.
+ Do not drink or prepare food with local water sources until it is confirmed that there is no contamination.
+ Check food for spoilage before consumption.