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
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
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
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.