Hurricane Safety Rules


Hurricane Safety Rules


1. Enter each hurricane season prepared:

  • Make sure you have sufficient up-to-date Insurance Coverage on your house and contents
  • Recheck your supply of boards, tools, batteries, and non-perishable foods

2. When you hear the first tropical storem advisory, listen to your radio for future messages.

3. When a hurricane watch is issued, continue normal activiites, but stay tuned to your radio for weather advisories.  Keep Alert. Ignore rumours.

4. When your area receives a hurricane warning:

  • Avoid the last minute hurry which might leave you marooned or unprepared
  • Keep calm until the emergency has ended
  • Leave low lying areas that may be swept by high tides or storm waves
  • Moor your boat securely before the storm arrives, or evacuate it to a designated safe area.  When your boat is moored, leave it, and don't return once the wind and waves are up again.
  • Board up windows or protect them with storm shutters or tape
  • Secure outdoor objects that might be blown away or uprooted.  Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, and a number of other harmless items become missiles of destruction in hurricane winds.  Anchor them or store them before the storm stirkes.  
  • Store drining water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils
  • Check your battery powered equipment: radio, emergency cooking facilities, flash lights
  • Keep your car fueled
  • Stay at home, if it is sturdy and on high ground; if it is not, move to a designated shelter, and stay there until the storm is over.
  • Remain indoors during the hurricane.  Monitor the storm's position through advisories from your radio.  Remember, your radio provides the most reliable weather information. 

5. When the hurricane has passed:

  • Seek necessary medical care at Red Cross disaster stations or hospitals
  • Stay out of disaster areas
  • Drive carefully along debris-filled streets
  • Avoid loose or dangling wires and report them immediately to your power company or the nearest law enforcement.
  • Prevent fires
  • Check refrigerated foods for spoilage if power has been off during the storm

Remember that hurricanes moving inland can cause severe flooding.  Stay away from all areas likely to flood.