During and After the Hurricane
During a Hurricane
If you are have not evacuated, go to your safe room. If you do not have a safe room, follow these guidelines:
- Stay indoors 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.
After a Hurricane
Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being.
- Let your friends and family know that you are safe.
- Do not return home unless authorized to avoid electrical hazards and other dangers.
- Do NOT drink tap water unless authorized to do so.
- Check the temperature in your fridge or freezer. Anything that has remained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is safe to eat. Otherwise, throw it out to be safe.
- Also, throw away ANY food that has come in contact with flood waters which may carry waterborne diseases, chemicals, etc. Better safe than sorry.
- Document any damage with photos and contact your insurance company.
- In your home, immediately remove or air out water-damaged items. It’s critical to minimize the chance of mold growing in your home.
- Do NOT drive or walk through floodwaters which may be electrically-charged and filled with contaminants; just six inches of moving flood water will knock a grown man down. Do NOT underestimate the power of moving waters.