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Safety Steps to Follow Before And After a Hurricane
Before a Hurricane:
Have a disaster plan.
Board up windows.
Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
Know where all the evacuation routes are.
Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing, and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
During a Hurricane:
Stay away from low-lying and flood-prone areas.
Always stay indoors during a hurricane as strong winds will blow things around.
Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
If your home isn’t on higher ground, go to a shelter.
If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.
After a Hurricane:
Stay indoors until it is safe to come out.
Check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
Watch out for flooding which can happen after a hurricane.
Do not attempt to drive in flooding water.
Stay away from standing water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
Don’t drink tap water until officials say it’s safe to do so.
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