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Evacuation and Shelters
Hurricane Safety Tips

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Safety Tips Before and After a Hurricane

Videotape or photograph an inventory your property and possessions on paper and videotape or photograph each room and items. Store insurance papers in a safe place and send a copy to a relative out of the area.

Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed to avoid breakage and to keep loose limbs from becoming airborne in storm.

Taping windows does not prevent breakage

It is often ineffective in preventing flying glass. Protect doors and windows 5/8 to 3/4 inch plywood is recommended.

Make an evacuation plan. Make sure all family members are aware of it. Determine in advance what you will do with your pets. You can't leave them behind, and pets are not accepted at most storm shelters. Stock up on bottled water, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, radio (battery operated) canned goods.  Have available Sterno, or a camp stove.

Tips - when a Hurricane is imminent - Move all outdoor furniture, yard tools, and other outdoor items inside. Cover the windows with shuttering. Move furniture to a higher floor, if available. Move any vehicles that will not be utilized in an evacuation to higher ground. Monitor emergency broadcast resources and evacuate if instructed to do so.

If you are evacuating to a shelter: Remember shelters usually don't allow alcoholic drinks, pets or weapons. Bring: Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags. Folding chairs and cots. Rain gear, extra clothing. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant. Games, playing cards, books. Important papers, including identification, medical information.

Evacuation Checklist: Let friends or relatives know where you're going. Lock windows and doors. Switch off main electrical circuit breaker. Keep a set of tools with you.
Fill containers and bath tubs with water to use for washing and flushing when you return. If you have a swimming pool you should use that water for flushing. Check with neighbors to see if they need assistance.

Tips after a Hurricane - Don't examine your home for damage with matches or candles. Use flashlights. Avoid downed power lines. If you stored water in open containers such s bathtubs, do not drink without purifying first.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Skylights can be damaged under storm conditions and high winds. Another item that is often overlooked are roof turbines. They are easily blown away in high winds leaving a hole or damaged roof exposed heavy rains. Home improvement stores carry caps to be used for turbine protection. Check your insurance policies to see if they are up to date and provide adequate coverage. Don't wait until a named storm is threatening. Insurance companies generally will not change insurance policies after a named storm is active.

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