by Cecile R. Clayton
During hurricane watch:
√ Review your insurance policy to determine whether it adequately covers risks such as flooding. Update, if necessary.
√ Make an itemised list of all personal property for insurance verification purposes.
√ Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture, satellite dishes or anything that could fly around and cause damage.
√ Trim dead or weak branches of trees and make sure trees are not in danger of falling on electricity wires.
√ Stock up on non-perishable food items (such as canned food, dry crackers etc) and store water for use in case the supply is disrupted. Water for drinking purposes should be stored separately in clean, closed containers.
√ Assemble emergency supply kit adequate for the family for at least ten days. This kit should include battery-operated radio, extra batteries, flashlights, first-aid items, including extra supply of prescribed medication and water purification tablets or bleach. Bedding and extra clothing for the family should be stored in plastic bags. Have adequate supply of garbage bags.
√ Secure your home and businesses by protecting glass windows and doors with sheets of ply; remove paintings from walls and secure valuable items in sealable plastic bags.
√ Agree on an emergency escape route and a meeting place away from home where the family can gather if separated during the storm.
After hurricane warning:
√ Quickly complete hurricane preparations and stay indoors. Keep radio tuned to local station to monitor the path of the storm.
√ Be alert to signs of flooding. If floodwaters are threatening your home, evacuate immediately to a designated shelter or higher ground.
√ Take refuge in an interior hallway or smaller room with no windows, like a closet near load-bearing walls.
After the hurricane passes:
√ Make sure that the hurricane has truly passed before venturing outdoors, as the wind will cease only temporarily during passing of the eye of the storm.
√ Stay away from all downed utility lines. Do not wade in floodwaters after a storm.
√ Car accidents are the main cause of injury after a hurricane. Treat all intersections
like a four-way stop. Combine your trips and drive only if it’s absolutely necessary.
√ Ground your generator and do not run generators inside your home. Do not
connect to your home’s electrical system. Never hook up your computer to a