Hurricane season is here. With tropical storm Isaac in the
Gulf headed towards New Orleans, it's a good time to remind people of hurricane
safety precautions to minimize damage caused by a hurricane.
The period after is as dangerous as the storm itself. Photo by: Emma Lee/Life File/Photographers Choice/Getty Images
Tip 1: The number one thing to do to be safe is to listen to the local
officials. If they tell you to evacuate, do it. Property can be replaced, your
Tip 2: Know your evacuation plan: Make
sure you have an emergency evacuation plan in place to ensure the quickest
route to safety.
Tip 3: Prepare an emergency care kit.
with extra batteries or a crank-up model
radio with extra batteries or a crank-up model
medical supplies including prescription drugs
• At least
one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days
supply of ready-to-eat food
waterproof, fireproof container with valuable papers
Tip 4: Plan ahead for no electricity with an emergency generator for your home and/or power inverter to turn
your vehicle into a generator.
Tip 5: Lock windows and doors to reduce vibration and close drapes and blinds
to contain broken glass.
Tip 6: If the storm hasn't gotten too bad, tape up cracked windows with duct
tape. This will prevent the cracked glass from spreading.
Tip 7: Wait out the storm if you have missed the window of evacuation. You will be safer in your home away from
windows and doors than in your car. If you think the storm has passed because
the winds suddenly die off, wait. It is common for tornadoes to follow soon
afterward or another possibility is that the eye of the storm is passing over.
Tip 8: Act wisely: Don't use generators, charcoal grills or propane camping
stoves indoors. And don't clear debris from your home and yard without
surveying the area carefully. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical
currents through tree branches and metal fences.
Tip 9: Avoid an "every man for himself" mentality. Once officials have signaled
the "all clear," survey the damage to your home and reach out to your
neighbors. It will be difficult to drive anywhere for supplies (if stores are
even open), and you'll conserve resources by pooling them. Assess your
neighbors' stocks of food, water and other resources. Eating meals collectively
will reduce the amount of food that spoils (use fresh foods first) and will
conserve cooking fuel.
Find more information for being prepare for all types of
emergencies by reading these articles.
Home Emergency Preparedness Guide
Home Emergency Toolkit
Stay Safe During Hurricane Season