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
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