The final part of our Hurricane Season Edit is all about what to do during & after a storm makes landfall in your area! While there may not be a storm predicted to make landfall in your area at the moment, it is important to educate yourself on what to do when the time comes. If you are just tuning into our Hurricane Season Edit, be sure to check out Part I: June Do Nows/Preparing for Hurricane Season & Part II: When a Storm is Coming
According to Ready.Gov, these are the suggested actions you and your family should take:
Survive DURING the Storm
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
- If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
- If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
- Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
Be Safe AFTER the Storm
- Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
- Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
- Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.
For additional information on ways to prepare for, stay safe during, & recover after a storm makes landfall in your area, check out the links below.
- Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Social Media Toolkit (link)
- Hurricane Information Sheet (PDF)
- Six Things to Know Before a Disaster (video)
- National Hurricane Center (link)
- National Weather Service Hurricane Safety (link)
- When the Waves Swell – Hurricane Animated (Video)
- How to Prepare for a Hurricane (PDF)
- Hurricane Playbook (PDF)
- Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane Playbook (PDF)
READY.GOV. (2019). Hurricanes. Retrieved July 5, 2019, from https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes