Hurricane Safety Steps

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When Does Hurricane Season Start?

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30 — though it usually peaks between August and September. During this time it is important to take precautions to keep you and your family safe. 

Check Out These 4 Steps 

Step 1: Sheltering Plan & Go- Kit 

A family and friends sheltering plan provides the most comfortable way to weather a storm that threatens your home. A plan is recommended for anyone who resides in a flood or storm surge zone. 

 

Step 2: Evacuation

If an evacuation of coastal areas is ordered evacuate immediately. High tides and strong winds may cause early flooding and make low-lying roads impassable. When residents refuse to evacuate, they put first responders in danger. One foot of water can move 1,500 pounds.

Winds exceeding 74 mph can uproot large trees rip roofs from houses and demolish homes. Learn the best evacuation route before the storm. Make arrangements to stay with friends or relatives inland until the storm has passed and don't forget to take your "Emergency Go-Kit".

Listen to local media broadcasts. If evacuation is ordered it will be announced along with evacuation routes and shelter locations.

 

Step 3: When the Hurricane Hits

Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors. When the eye of the hurricane passes through a period of calm, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours will ensue. The length of time within the eye depends upon the size and speed of the storm. After the eye has passed, the high winds will resume. 

If flooding appears imminent, turn off the electrical power to the house, If you are unable to reach the circuit breaker before flooding, DO NOT attempt to wade through the water. IF the water has reached an electrical outlet, it could cause serious bodily harm.

Use your battery-operated radio for updates and emergency information. Do not venture outside until you have been advised that the hurricane has passed.

 

Step 4: Hurricane Aftermath

Avoid driving through streets flooded with salt water. IF you must, house under the car or take it to a car wash for a chassis wash. Saltwater corrodes and destroys auto mechanisms. Look for visible structural damage before entering the house

Notify authorities if there is a broken water, sewer or gas line.

Do not touch downed or loose electrical wires; assume they are live.

Do not use any electrical outlets or appliances if wet.

Do not drink from the faucet until officially notified that is is safe from contamination.

Refrigerated food spoils rapidly when power is lost. Once defrosted do not re-freeze foods.

Notify your insurance agent immediately of damage from the storm.