Hurricane Safety and Weather Tips
Basic safety tips for hurricanesLearn the basic hurricane safety tips so you can be safe and prepared during this weather situation.
It's important to know how to prepare for an approaching hurricane or tropical storm so you can stay ahead of the game. Many thunderstorm safety tips also apply to being safe in a hurricane. Forecasting is much much better than it was in the past, but good ol mother nature can still throw curve balls and storms can change paths in an instant. Being prepared wouldn't hurt as it could save your life and your family's as well. Here are some safety tips that you can use to stay ahead.
Before the season starts
- Store extra supplies such as water and food. Also have necessary things like a weather radio (or regular radio), first aid kit, and flash lights along with batteries.
- If you don't have them, getting storm shudders would be a good idea. If you already have them, see if they need replacing and make sure they are in good shape.
- Special medical prescriptions and supplies.
- Know when the hurricane season starts (see When Is Hurricane Season and Caribbean Hurricane Season)
Hurricane safety before the storm
- Make sure your storm shudders are in place and that the house is boarded up properly.
- Review Evacuation plans.
What to do if a Hurricane Watch is issued
One thing you should do is make sure you have a place to drive to that is a distance aways from the storm. Could be a friend, relative, or a simple hotel.
- Recheck your stock of supplies to make sure you have everything you need.
- Make sure you have enough food and water for the family
- Listen to radio and tv to keep up to date on any new info.
What to do if a Hurricane Warning is issued
- If there is no evacuation order, then make sure you have all supplies, and make sure that you stay away from windows during the storm.
- Leave your home if you live in a low lying area as you will be in a prime area for flooding.
- Be aware that tornadoes can occur during hurricanes. Stay in the safest areas of your home (center of the house and away from windows).
- If your house just so happens to be in the eye of the storm, the storm is not over and once the storm starts back up again, the winds will come from the opposite direction.
Hurricane safety after the storm
- Make sure the storm has completely passed if you endured the storm by listening to weather reports and checking outside.
- Check your home for damage, and if you decide to walk around and check out other damage, watch out for downed power lines.
- Use flashlights instead of candles.
- Use the sorted water and food that you have leftover as it will take a little while for things to return to normal.
Knowing what type of hurricane is coming is important. Cat 1? or Cat 5? Stronger hurricanes will cause more damage of course, and you will be more likely to evacuate if one is coming. Check out the different Hurricane Categories. Also find out where you can find the best free hurricane trackers at my Free Hurricane Tracker page.
Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
For more in depth info on what supplies you need to prepare for a hurricane, check out Hurricane Preparedness Supplies.
Hurricane Warning Flags
Find out what these flags mean and even where to buy them online. More on Hurrricane Warning Flags.
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