Last Updated on March 28, 2023 by Gardens Home Management Services

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

-Listen to the radio or TV for information.
-Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
-Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
-Turn off propane tanks
-Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
-Moor your boat if time permits.
-Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
-Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.
-You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

-If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
-If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
-If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

-Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
-Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
-Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
-Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
-Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
-Avoid elevators.

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