What to Do During a Hurricane

A list of critical steps to take as a hurricane is actually taking place.
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Hurricane Ivan|Photo by National Geographic/NASA/GSFC

As we continue our coverage of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, it’s important to examine every aspect pertaining to this dangerous weather event. Yesterday, we looked at how to prepare before a hurricane. Today, we’re going to delve into what one should do as the hurricane is actually taking place. To help, Ready.gov has laid out the following steps which address three critical elements: the actions you should take when a hurricane is likely to hit your area, the conditions under which you should evacuate, and what to do if you do not have a safe room. Scroll down to read these useful tips.

If a Hurricane is Likely to Hit Your Area, Do the Following:

* Listen to the radio or TV for information.

* Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

* Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

* Turn off propane tanks

* Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

* Moor your boat if time permits.

* Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.

* Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

Evacuate Under the Following Conditions:

* If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

* If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.

* If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

* If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

Do the Following If You Do Not Have a Safe Room:

* Stay indoors during the hurricane 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.

* Avoid elevators.

Read more: http://www.ready.gov