Being prepared for a storm event means knowing what to do before, during and after a storm. In the last issue, what to do to be prepared before a storm arrives was outlined. This issue examines what to do during a storm.
For planning purposes, “during” is considered to be from the moment a hurricane or tropical storm WARNING is issued until the storm weakens and/or exits. A hurricane or tropical storm WARNING means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are expected in 24 hours or less. First and foremost, listen to your battery-operated and/or hand crank radio or NOAA Weather Radio for instructions.
- If you are not advised to evacuate, stay inside, away from windows, skylights and doors, even if they are covered.
- Close all interior doors. Closed doors will help prevent damaging hurricane winds from entering rooms.
- Have a flashlight and extra batteries within reach. Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source.
- If power is lost, turn off major equipment to reduce the power surge when electricity is restored.
- Stay out of flood waters, if possible. The water might be contaminated or electrically charged. If you find yourself trapped in your vehicle in rising water, get out immediately and seek higher ground.
- Be alert for tornadoes and flooding. If you see a funnel cloud or if local authorities issue a tornado warning, take shelter underground, if possible, or in an interior room away from windows. If waters are rising quickly or local authorities issue a flood or flash flood warning, seek higher ground.
For more information or tips on how to be prepared, visit www.ready.gov.