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What To Do During a Hurricane Warning
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio <Click here> ,
or portable, battery- powered radio or television for updated information
and official instructions. Hurricanes can change direction, intensity,
and speed very suddenly. Continue listening for local information.
- If officials announce a hurricane warning, they may ask you
to leave your home as soon as possible to be safe. Take your Disaster
Supplies Kit and go to a shelter or your family contact's home.
Call your check-in contact so someone will know where you are going.
Local officials advise leaving only if they truly believe your
location is in danger. It is important to follow their instructions
as soon as possible. Roads may become blocked and the storm can
worsen, preventing safe escape. Having your disaster supplies will
make you more comfortable while you are away from home.
- If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, on the first
floor away from windows, skylights and glass doors, even if they
are covered. Stay on the floor least likely to be affected by strong
winds and flood waters. A small interior room without windows on
the first floor is usually the safest place. Have as many walls
between you and the outside winds as possible. Sometimes strong
winds and projectiles may tear hurricane shutters off, so stay
away from windows even if they are covered. Lie on the floor under
a table or other sturdy object. Being under a sturdy object will
offer greater protection from falling objects.
- Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors. Closed
doors will help prevent damaging hurricane winds from entering
- Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid
using open flames (candles and kerosene lamps) as a source of light.
Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source. Between
1984 and 1998, candle-related deaths from home fires following
hurricanes were three times greater than the number of deaths related
to the direct impact of the hurricane. Kerosene lamps require a
great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, sinks, plastic bottles,
and cooking utensils. Public water supplies and wells may become
contaminated, or electric pumps may be inoperative if power is
lost. Survivors of community-wide disasters have said the individual's
greatest need following the disaster is water.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce the power "surge" when
electricity is restored. When electricity is restored, the surge
from many major appliances starting at the same time may cause
damage or destroy the appliances. Turning off or unplugging major
appliances will allow you to decide when it is best to turn them
- If in a mobile home, check tie-downs and evacuate immediately.
Historically, manufactured homes suffer the greatest amount of
damage during hurricanes. Prior to 1994, most manufactured homes
were not designed to withstand even moderate winds.
- Be aware that the calm "eye" is deceptive; the storm is not
over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes
over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs,
buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be
broken or destroyed by the second winds. The opposing winds begin
suddenly, and have surprised and injured many people who ventured
out during the eye.
- Watch out for flooding. Hurricanes and tropical storms often
drop large amounts of rainfall and cause severe flooding, even
when they are weakening or are no longer a named storm. "Weak" tropical
storms are just as capable of producing heavy rainfall and flooding
as major hurricanes.
- Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during and after
a hurricane passes over. Remain indoors on a lower level, in the
center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows. Going
below ground, such as to a basement or storm cellar, increases
your risk from flood.
National Disaster Education Coalition:
American Red Cross http:www.redcross.org
USDA CSREES www.csrees.usda.gov
The Disaster Center disastercenter.com
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