Hurricane season is here. With tropical storm Isaac in the Gulf headed towards New Orleans, it's a good time to remind people of hurricane safety precautions to minimize damage caused by a hurricane.  

 

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The period after is as dangerous as the storm itself. Photo by: Emma Lee/Life File/Photographers Choice/Getty Images

Hurricane Safety Tip 1: The number one thing to do to be safe is to listen to the local officials. If they tell you to evacuate, do it. Property can be replaced, your life can't. 

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 2: Know your evacuation plan: Make sure you have an emergency evacuation plan in place to ensure the quickest route to safety. 

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 3: Prepare an emergency care kit.


• Flashlights with extra batteries or a crank-up model
• Portable radio with extra batteries or a crank-up model
• First-aid kit
• Necessary medical supplies including prescription drugs
• At least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days
• Three-day supply of ready-to-eat food
• Manual can opener
• A waterproof, fireproof container with valuable papers
• Multi-tool

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 4: Plan ahead for no electricity with an emergency generator for your home and/or power inverter to turn your vehicle into a generator.

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 5: Lock windows and doors to reduce vibration and close drapes and blinds to contain broken glass.

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 6: If the storm hasn't gotten too bad, tape up cracked windows with duct tape. This will prevent the cracked glass from spreading.

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 7: Wait out the storm if you have missed the window of evacuation.  You will be safer in your home away from windows and doors than in your car. If you think the storm has passed because the winds suddenly die off, wait. It is common for tornadoes to follow soon afterward or another possibility is that the eye of the storm is passing over.

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 8: Act wisely: Don't use generators, charcoal grills or propane camping stoves indoors. And don't clear debris from your home and yard without surveying the area carefully. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences.

 

Hurricane Safety Tip 9: Avoid an "every man for himself" mentality. Once officials have signaled the "all clear," survey the damage to your home and reach out to your neighbors. It will be difficult to drive anywhere for supplies (if stores are even open), and you'll conserve resources by pooling them. Assess your neighbors' stocks of food, water and other resources. Eating meals collectively will reduce the amount of food that spoils (use fresh foods first) and will conserve cooking fuel.

 

Find more information for being prepare for all types of emergencies by reading these articles.

 

Home Emergency Preparedness Guide

Home Emergency Toolkit

Stay Safe During Hurricane Season