What Everyone Should Know for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season runs from June to November on the Atlantic coast. It is important to make sure your family is prepared before a storm hits. Below you will find resources and information to make sure your family and home are safe before, during, and after a hurricane.
It’s important to make sure your family is prepared well before hurricane season begins. Here are some important tips to remember when getting ready for a storm.
- Keep supplies handy. Use this Check List from Ready.gov to make sure you will have everything you need in case of an emergency.
- Unplug electronics – even if you have a surge protector.
- Check windows and roofs for leaks as well as clean your gutters.
- Prepare for long-term outages by purchasing a generator. Consider what is a necessity to determine what type/size you will need. Check out this CDC resource on Generator Safety.
- Trim trees and shrubbery.
- Clear clutter. Secure any outdoor furniture, garbage cans, fuel tanks and toys.
- Secure your home by considering window shutters and garage braces.
- Verify insurance coverage.
- Prepare important paperwork such as house deeds, insurance policies, wills etc. in a disaster proof box or safe.
- Also consider creating a “Hurricane Box” for your children. Include art and craft supplies such as markers, paper, and scissors, board games, new books, puzzles, or even a jump rope.
Important questions to discuss prior include:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
During Hurricane Resources
- Listen to the radio or TV for information. Head ALL evacuation recommendations.
- 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.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- Continue listening to the local news for the latest updates.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- Once home, drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects in the road, downed electrical wires, and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks that might collapse.
- Walk carefully around the outside of your home to check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. Record any damage by taking photos.
- Stay out of any building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain around the building.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms in areas dealing with power outages. Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage.
- Use battery-powered flashlights. Do NOT use candles. Turn on your flashlight before entering a vacated building. The battery could produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.