Hurricane Safety Rules
1. Enter each hurricane season prepared:
- Make sure you have sufficient up-to-date Insurance Coverage on your house and contents
- Recheck your supply of boards, tools, batteries, and non-perishable foods
2. When you hear the first tropical storem advisory, listen to your radio for future messages.
3. When a hurricane watch is issued, continue normal activiites, but stay tuned to your radio for weather advisories. Keep Alert. Ignore rumours.
4. When your area receives a hurricane warning:
- Avoid the last minute hurry which might leave you marooned or unprepared
- Keep calm until the emergency has ended
- Leave low lying areas that may be swept by high tides or storm waves
- Moor your boat securely before the storm arrives, or evacuate it to a designated safe area. When your boat is moored, leave it, and don't return once the wind and waves are up again.
- Board up windows or protect them with storm shutters or tape
- Secure outdoor objects that might be blown away or uprooted. Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, and a number of other harmless items become missiles of destruction in hurricane winds. Anchor them or store them before the storm stirkes.
- Store drining water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils
- Check your battery powered equipment: radio, emergency cooking facilities, flash lights
- Keep your car fueled
- Stay at home, if it is sturdy and on high ground; if it is not, move to a designated shelter, and stay there until the storm is over.
- Remain indoors during the hurricane. Monitor the storm's position through advisories from your radio. Remember, your radio provides the most reliable weather information.
5. When the hurricane has passed:
- Seek necessary medical care at Red Cross disaster stations or hospitals
- Stay out of disaster areas
- Drive carefully along debris-filled streets
- Avoid loose or dangling wires and report them immediately to your power company or the nearest law enforcement.
- Prevent fires
- Check refrigerated foods for spoilage if power has been off during the storm
Remember that hurricanes moving inland can cause severe flooding. Stay away from all areas likely to flood.