Checklist: What to do after a hurricane hits
Here’s what to do after a hurricane hits:If forced into a public shelter, stay until told by local officials it’s safe to return to your home. Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it’s not contaminated. Do not use electrical appliances that have water damage until they’ve been checked by a professional. Avoid disaster areas; stay away from floodwaters, flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Stay away from river banks, bayous and streams until all potential flooding has passed.
How to protect yourself during a hurricane
Here’s how to protect yourself during a hurricane:Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors, even if they are boarded or covered. Stay on the floor that is least likely to be affected by strong winds and floodwaters. A small interior room without windows on the first floor is usually the safest place.
Checklist: What to do if you have to evacuate during a hurricane
Here’s your checklist if you have to evacuate:Make sure your gas tank is full. Prepare your vehicle for what could be a very long ride. Stock your vehicle with necessities such as water, food, pillows and blankets, toiletries, current maps, baby supplies, pet supplies, prescription medicines, flashlights and extra batteries and cash. Bring proper identification and proof of residency—your driver’s license, a utility bill or rent receipt — in case you need Red Cross or FEMA assistance.
Checklist: What to do when a hurricane threatens
Here’s your checklist for when a hurricane threatens:Store drinking water in any clean containers – bathtubs, bottles, pots, etc., as the water supply may become contaminated. Secure outdoor objects that may blow away or move them inside the house or garage. You may need to evacuate quickly and/or sit in traffic for hours. Secure homes and buildings by boarding up each window. Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.