what do you do?
If your home is on or near the coastline where the hurricane's destructive
forces will affect it, pay close attention to
what the local government and/or police force is recommending. You should
also pay attention to radio and TV stations for the latest information.
If evacuating your home is recommended:
- Heed their warning!!
- Plan ahead where you would go -- it may be beneficial to choose
a few places like an out of town friend's home or a designated shelter, etc.
- Take the phone numbers of these places with you.
- Take a road map in case the weather forces you onto unfamiliar roads.
- Do not drive over standing water, as floods may have damaged the roads.
YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW DEEP THE WATER REALLY IS!!!
If you are in the path of a land-falling hurricane, you
should prepare a supply kit containing:
- A first aid kit and necessary medications.
- Canned food and an opener, as this food lasts for long periods of
time without needing refrigeration.
- Plenty of water. (The Red Cross recommends
three gallons of water per person to last three days.)
- Flashlights, a battery powered radio, and extra batteries.
- Raingear, sleeping bags, and protective clothing.
More complete information on this subject as well as how to best
prepare your house for a hurricane can be gathered by contacting your
local Red Cross chapter.