Before The Storm
With the first signs of an approaching hurricane or winter storm, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
- Stock up on non-perishables, such as canned goods, and make sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions.
- Keep areas surrounding electrical service equipment clear.
- Turn the temperature controls on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting to keep food cold in the event of a power outage. Don't forget to reset controls to the normal setting after the storm.
- Fill several large containers and the bath tub with water.
- Keep flashlights, batteries, candles and matches on hand.
- Fill your car with gasoline.
- Stay tuned to local weather forecasts for storm updates and have a battery-powered radio available.
- If you have special needs, such as life support equipment, be prepared in advance in the event you lose power.
Emergency supplies should be stored in an easy to reach area. These include:
- Emergency food – be aware of the expiration dates and replace as required.
- Flashlights – have several and place them throughout the house.
- Portable, battery-operated radio.
- Fresh batteries – of the correct size for flashlights and radio.
- Manual can opener.
- First aid kit.
- Water – for drinking, cooking and flushing.
- Pet food.
If a severe weather or hurricane warning is put into place, and the storm becomes imminent, take the following precautions.
- Tape, board or shutter windows and glass doors.
- Secure all outdoor objects that could become airborne by high winds.
- Tie down mobile homes or moored boats, or move them to a safe location.
- Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent them from lifting from their tracks.
- Load up a cooler with ice and food you can use during the first hours of an outage.
- In the winter, close off unused rooms to conserve heat. Open curtains and shades to let sunlight in; close them at night. Stock up on firewood.
- Leave your home if authorities order an evacuation, especially if your home is in an area that floods easily.