Hurricane season lasts for approximately 6 months: from June 1st until November 30th. During this time, it’s important to stay alert and be prepared for storms ahead of time. Make any last minute adjustments to your disaster emergency kit and evacuation plan. Below are several tips to help you and your family stay safe when a hurricane arrives in your area:
- If you are outside and the storm approaches, get indoors as soon as possible to avoid being hit by flying debris.
- If your home is on low-lying ground or if you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest safe place, such as a shelter.
- While indoors, stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safer spot to stay in, such as an interior room or a bathroom on the lower level.
- During the storm, electrical wiring may be damaged; don’t use electrical appliances to avoid fire hazards and electrical shocks.
- If your home is under the risk of flooding, turn off electricity at the main circuit breaker. Don’t turn on electricity until local authorities have advised you to do so.
- Lightning is also a safety risk. Stay safe from lightning in your home during a storm by NOT using the shower, phone or electrical equipment.
- Be aware that the eye of the storm may pass over your area, during which the storm will calm. However, the storm can start again without warning.
- Stay indoors until the local authorities have announced that the storm is over. Listen to the radio or turn on the TV (if safe do so) to get the latest updates.
After the storm, ensure your safety and check for damage. Take pictures of the damage and show them to your insurance agent as soon as possible. Read more information about what to do after the storm here. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.