Hurricanes are one of the most devastating natural events in the world. From major flooding, mandatory evacuations, property damage, and even fatalities, hurricanes can quickly cause destruction wherever they land. As the peak of hurricane season approaches, it’s important to know all the hurricane safety tips to keep your family safe.
Preparing to Hunker Down
When hurricanes hit land, they can create tornadoes, torrential rains, tropical storms, and landslides. These events can cause widespread devastations, such as deaths and property losses. In response, it’s important for both home and business owners to prepare early in order to avoid the devastating impacts of hurricanes.
Here are five hurricane safety tips to help you ride out the 2020 hurricane season.
- Keep your fridge as cold as possible
- Don’t enter the floodwaters
- Stay on higher ground
- Cover your windows
- Stock up on emergency supplies
1) Keep Your Fridge as Cold as Possible
Place a thermometer inside your fridge to ensure the temperature remains food safe when the power goes out. A refrigerator can keep your food cold for up to four hours and a freezer will continue to stay cold for up 48 hours. If you have a fridge, you can make freeze packs to keep it cold when the power goes out for more than four hours. In the event of a power outage, be sure to keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed.
2) Don’t Enter the Floodwaters
Flooding caused by hurricanes is devastating, especially in places where it isn’t adequate drainage in place. To avoid getting swept away by water currents, stay out of floodwaters. Most importantly, don’t drive in flooded areas. If the flooding comes into contact with the electricity grid, it can be hazardous to get into floodwater. Dire consequences such as electrocution could occur.
3) Stay on Higher Ground
If you live in an area prone to flooding or a hurricane evacuation zone, consider moving to higher ground to stay away from the floodwater. If your home or business starts to flood when you’re inside, move upstairs or to the attic where water cannot reach you. Remember to carry essential supplies with you, such as drinking water and food.
4) Cover Your Windows
When a hurricane hits hard, many pieces of debris can fly uncontrollably and shatter your windows. To guard against sharp flying glasses, be sure to cover all the windows in your home before the hurricane winds strike. Use affordable DIY fixes, such as hurricane films or marine plywood covers.
Pro Tip: Install plastic, metal, or fabric pieces on the windows or high-impact glass to protect against flying debris during a major storm.
5) Stock Up on Emergency Supplies
Emergency plans and supplies are essential, especially if you live in high-risk areas. As you assemble an emergency kit, be sure to include all the materials for first aid and medical supplies. If you use life-support devices that use electricity, get a generator to supply power during an outage. Other emergency supplies might include flashlights, batteries, and a weather radio that picks up frequencies from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Be Ready for Severe Weather
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, follow these hurricane safety tips to keep your family and property safe. If a hurricane is headed your way, don’t forget to cover your windows, move to higher ground, and stock emergency supplies for your safety. By being prepared beforehand, you can ensure that you will be ready for whatever major storm is forecasted in your area.
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