Safe Haven Offers Safety Tips for Hurricanes
To our dismay, more and more areas around the country are being affected by hurricanes. As our hearts go out to those in the Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, we hope that above all everyone remains safe and prepared. When it is deemed safe by authorities to stay in your home, it is necessary to have a concrete hurricane safety plan to protect you and your loved ones. However, at the first issue of an evacuation, follow the warnings of your local authorities.
Before a Hurricane
Preparedness is key to survival. First, gather all the information you can about where you will need to go if you are called to evacuate. Explain the situation to children calmly and before the event, because children respond better in scary situations when they feel prepared. Create a hurricane survival kit. Be sure to include flashlights, a radio, batteries, first aid, food, personal sanitary items, medications and water. Put together a go-bag including these items that you can take if you are suddenly ordered to evacuate.
If you’re in an area that hasn’t been told to evacuate and you plan to stay, make sure you’re equipped with supplies, food and water that can last for a few days if the electricity goes out and you’re stuck at home.
Stay clear of hurricane related accidents by clearing your yard of hanging branches or trees that could fall. Secure loose gutters and clear debris so that water can fall away from your house.
During a Hurricane
Do not leave your home until authorities have said it’s okay to do so. Also, remember to stay alert on the conditions with text alerts or by listening to the television or radio. Stay away from windows or doors as flying glass could injure you. Check in with family members.
After a Hurricane
Keep listening to updates from local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters as you can easily get hurt and it may be deeper than it appears. Photograph property damage in order to file an insurance claim after the storm.
Practice these safety tips in case of a hurricane and and feel free to learn more on our Facebook page! If you’d like to set up a consultation for a home monitoring system, we encourage you to visit our website.