Hurricane season starts June 1st.
Being prepared is key to keeping yourself and your home safe from Mother Nature and all her might. We’ll go over essential hurricane safety tips to ensure you’re prepared if a hurricane makes landfall and know how to handle the situation.
Hurricane Safety Tips
- Hurricane preseason preparation
- When a hurricane watch or warning is issued
- Before a hurricane
- During a hurricane
- After a hurricane
Hurricane Preseason Preparation
- Be prepared.
- Have a plan.
- If you live close to the coast, know all of the evacuation routes.
- Double check and verify your home meets the building codes for withstanding hurricanes. Having storm shutters is a good idea.
- Make sure to keep proper tools and supplies in stock. Like a first aid kit.
- Make sure to have plenty of batteries in stock and enough flashlights.
- Stock up your pantry with nonperishable and canned food.
What to do when a hurricane watch or warning is issued
- If possible, leave low-lying areas. They’re the most susceptible to flash flooding.
- Make sure to protect your windows with storm shutters or plywood boards to protect them from any flying debris.
- Secure outside furniture and objects by bringing them inside or tying them down.
- Make sure to have plenty of fuel and water. It’s best to do this early before gas stations and grocers become a madhouse.
- We can’t iterate it enough. Make sure to have enough water and food for several days.
- If an evacuation is called for your area. It’s a good idea to do so immediately.
Before a hurricane
- Be ready to put your preparation and plan into action if the hurricane makes landfall.
- Pay close attention to the local weather reports on the radio, television, or online.
- Make sure to have your house boarded up or have storm shutters in place.
- Once again, have plenty of food and water.
- Make sure all flashlights, lanterns, candles, matches, first aid kits, and any other supplies are readily available.
- Have a secure room available if anything were to happen.
During a hurricane
- Don’t go outside.
- Stay away from the windows.
- Stay in your secure room, safe from any falling debris.
- Have your supplies on hand.
- Monitor weather and civil service bulletins on the radio or tune into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
After a hurricane
- Make sure that it’s definitely safe to go outside and that the hurricane has completely passed.
- Report any downed power lines and be sure to stay away from them.
- Use your stored food and bottled water.
- Don’t drink from the water lines as they could have been contaminated from flooding.
- And most of all. Be patient.
If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, be sure to call 911 immediately.
And in the unfortunate event that your home is in need of any water damage restoration, flood damage restoration, or storm damage restoration, be sure to contact Emergency Restoration Services of Orlando. ERS is an Orlando water damage restoration company that can help you throughout the entire water damage Orlando process before any significant and permanent water damage is done to your home or property.
Emergency Restoration Services
51 E. Jefferson Street #1291
Orlando, FL 32802
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