Hurricanes are powerful and potentially destructive natural disasters that can cause extensive damage to property and pose serious risks to human lives. To ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones during a hurricane, it’s essential to be well-prepared. This hurricane preparedness guide provides a step-by-step plan for what to do when a hurricane is approaching, including actions to take when under a hurricane warning and how to prepare in the days leading up to its arrival.
Before the Storm: Days in Advance
1. Stay Informed
- Monitor weather updates from reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center (NHC) or local meteorological services.
- Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
- You can also download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App here.
2. Create a Hurricane Kit
- Assemble a hurricane emergency kit, including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, important documents, and essential medications.
- Don’t forget to include clothing, blankets, and personal hygiene items.
- Visit Ready.gov for more on formation on building a disaster kit.
3. Stay Connected
- Keep your cell phone charged and carry a portable charger.
- Communicate your whereabouts and well-being with family and friends.
- Check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather.
4. Monitor Updates
- Continue to receive weather updates through battery-powered radios or mobile apps.
- The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service provides live updates here.
- Be prepared to adjust your plans based on the hurricane’s path and intensity.
5. During the Storm
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- Take shelter in a small, windowless interior room on the lowest floor of your home.
- Listen to emergency broadcasts for updates and instructions.
Hurricane preparedness is vital to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones during a hurricane. By staying informed, creating a hurricane kit, securing your home, and following evacuation orders, you can significantly reduce the risks associated with these powerful storms. Remember that preparation and vigilance are key to weathering the storm and recovering quickly once it passes. Stay safe, stay informed, and be ready for whatever nature may bring your way.
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