Hurricane

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.
  • Clean out gutters and trim trees and shrubs. 
  • Inspect your roof, siding, foundation and basement to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Create and practice an evacuation plan.
  • Reinforce garage doors – if wind blows through the garage, it can cause serious structural damage to other parts of your home.
  • Consider replacing gravel or rock landscaping materials with shredded bark, since high hurricane winds could cause rocks to move around and damage your home.
  • Prepare a home inventory with photos of your home and personal property.
  • Bring lawn furniture, trash cans and toys inside.
  • Cover windows with 5/8-inch plywood that’s cut to fit and ready to install.
  • Fill your gas tank, refill prescriptions and grab extra cash from ATMs.
  • Park your car in a garage or next to a building to protect it from wind and flying debris.
  • Charge your cellphone and other electronics.
  • Fill sinks, tubs and other containers with water for cleaning and washing.
  • If you live in a tall building, find shelter on the 10th floor or lower before the storm strikes.
  • Listen to the radio or TV for information, and turn off utilities if told to do so.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for emergencies.
  • Stay inside, unless you’re told to evacuate.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off utilities and propane tanks.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • If you’re told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Stay indoors until emergency personnel announce that the area is safe.
  • Make sure your home is safe before returning.
  • Text or use social media to let others know you’re okay.
  • Be on alert for extended rainfall, subsequent flooding and downed power lines and tree limbs.
  • Take photos of damage to your home, cars or other items. 
  • Dry and disinfect all materials in the house to prevent mold and mildew.

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Myth

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Myth

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Fact

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