During the Storm

The greatest threat to personal safety exists during a storm and in the immediate aftermath when high winds can topple trees and produce deadly flying debris. 

Follow these emergency tips during a hurricane:
  • Monitor local media for emergency instructions - transistor radios are a great supply kit addition
  • Stay indoors and away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
    • Locate a safe room or area in your house (an interior rooms, a closet or bathroom on the lower level)
    • Do not take a bath/shower during the storm.
  • Do not go outside in the "eye" of the storm (the calm of the hurricane):
    • In the eye of the storm, winds and rain may stop for a few minutes or more than an hour
    • Be careful - winds will return with greater intensity from the opposite direction - do not go outside to see "what the wind feels like."  It's too easy to be hit by flying debris.
  • Call 911 only for emergencies - Avoid using the telephone unless necessary
  • Do not use gas and electrical appliances, including your computer
    • Use flashlights and battery powered lanterns
    • Do not use candles
    • If a home loses power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.