Stay indoors. Stay in a secure location and DO NOT go outside during the eye of the storm. Remember, the strongest part of a house is usually away from windows and exterior doors.
Unplug during power outages. If you lose electricity, turn off air conditioners, appliances and electronics to avoid the possibility of damage due to power surges. Turn them back on when the power returns and is steady.
Safe lighting. Use flashlights and lanterns, not candles or open flames, as light sources when the power is out.
Stay informed. Pay attention to emergency information and alerts on the news and from your local government for as long as you have electricity and internet or cellular connections. Be aware that tornadoes can appear at any time during a hurricane.
Higher Ground. If you are ever trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building but DO NOT climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
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Hurricane Tips: Before the Storm
Hurricanes are not just a problem for people who live on the coast. Find out how rain, wind and water could impact the area where you live so you can start preparing now.
Hurricane Tips: After the Storm
Listen to local officials for information and special instructions about hazards like localized flooding or boil water notices. Wait until it is declared safe before leaving home.