Riding out the storm at home
If you choose to remain at home during a hurricane, make sure your family and home are prepared to ride out the storm.
Here are a few tips for staying home during severe weather.
Prepare your home:
• Bring inside any lawn furniture, garden tools, children's toys, garbage cans, clotheslines or other loose items during the storm.
• Turn off electricity, water and propane at the main source.
• Leave on natural gas for cooking and heating.
• Have enough nonperishable food and bottled water for each member of the house for the first three days.
• Have enough pet food and bottled water for each pet for the first three days.
• Have a piece of plywood in the bathroom should you need to cover yourself in the bathtub during the storm.
During the storm:
• Listen to the radio or TV for weather updates.
• Do not go outside, even if it looks calm.
• Wait for an official message on radio or TV that the hurricane is over before leaving the house.
• Stay away from windows.
• During the storm, stay in a windowless room or closet.
• You can protect yourself by getting in a bathtub and covering it with a sheet of plywood.
Be ready to leave your home. If emergency authorities encourage evacuation or your home is damaged during the storm, have a plan to get to the nearest shelter or neighbor's house.
SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
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