Hurricane Safety Tips - What to Do In The Event Of a Hurricane

Please pay attention to these hurricane safety tips. Every year tornadoes and hurricanes get much better coverage and better methods of offering you advanced notice.

That doesn't mean that you will always have all of the notice that you need, or that you can avoid problems with your home and family.

In many cases, hurricanes can cover many miles of area and getting away from your home is not a possibility. If you're in an area that is prone to hurricanes, then you understand the kind of devastation that can take place when they make landfall.

Hurricanes can offer winds that are in excess of 100 miles per hour or more. The storms that they spawn may also spawn other storms or severe weather such as tornadoes that can make even more damage. Homes, families, and lives are lost every year due to hurricane weather.

Making sure that you are prepared well before storm season hits and that you know where you will be and how to react in the event of a hurricane is a very important part of avoiding the damage and injury that can take place.

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A little information that will help you to be ready to act in the case that you are hit with a hurricane will be a powerful tool in your defense. There are a few helpful hurricane hints for protecting yourself and your family that will serve you well no matter what area that you are in.

Bear in mind, that if the local government calls for evacuation or for a big wave along with the hurricane, then it is best to evacuate. In most cases you will not be asked to evacuate unless there is serious danger to you, such as excessive winds or a tidal wave or something to go along with it.

In other cases when you will stay and be there during the storm, a few simple hurricane safety tips will help you to be as safe as you can be.

  • Start the hurricane season well prepared to be able to ride out the storms. Make sure that you know the route for evacuation in the case that there is an evacuation called.

  • Begin the hurricane season by checking into your storm shutters and making sure that the glass covers that you have in place for your windows are ready to go and sturdy.

  • Know the routes that will be necessary to evacuate if you are called upon to do so.

  • Be sure that everything on your home is up to standard for hurricane buildings and that your storm shutters and storm doors are ready for action.

  • Stock up on batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit for your home and car.

  • Be sure that you have canned goods or dried food on hand in the event that you need non-perishable goods to keep your household going.

  • During the storm, use flashlights and other materials to light your way. Candles are not a safe bet in a hurricane.

  • If you are under a hurricane watch or warning, make sure that you leave your home if you are in a particularly low area.

  • Use storm shutters or pieces of plywood in order to prevent injury from breaking glass.

  • Cover windows and glass doors.

  • Tie down outdoor furniture and other items to prevent flying materials.

  • Keep at least three days water and non-perishable food good for each member of your family.

If you are told to evacuate a given area, do so as quickly as possible. Your home may be able to be replaced but you will not be replaceable.

Once the storm has cleared the area, and you are still in your home. You should have an adult outdoors prior to allowing children outside. Check for downed power lines and other dangerous items prior to permitting anyone else outdoors.

Secure your immediate area and check for damages before you permit anyone else outside. The storm debris and damages will take a bit of time to get back in order.

Use the stored water and food that you laid in prior to the storm in order to assure that the water you are drinking is clean and safe.

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