How do you avoid a hurricane?
Top products for storm protection
- Fabric panels.
- Hurricane straps.
- Flood barriers.
- Storm panels.
- Roll-down hurricane shutters.
- Colonial shutters.
- Accordion shutters.
- Leave low lying areas.
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
- Secure outside objects.
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water.
- Have several days supply of food and water for each family member.
- If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Usually, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds, since hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
- To stay safe in a home during a hurricane, it is suggested that individuals follow these steps: Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level). If flooding threatens a home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
IF YOU'RE OUTDOORS:
- Keep an eye at the sky.
- The best place to go is a sturdy building or a car, but make sure the windows in the car are shut.
- If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees.
- If you're with a group of people stay about 15 feet from each other.
- Stay out of water.
- Avoid metal.
- Swimming is particularly dangerous, as not only do swimmers protrude from the water, presenting a potential channel for electrical discharge, but also because water is a good conductor of electricity. Inside homes, people must also avoid activities which put their lives at risk from a possible lightning strike.
- Most tornadoes are found in the Great Plains of the central United States – an ideal environment for the formation of severe thunderstorms. In this area, known as Tornado Alley, storms are caused when dry cold air moving south from Canada meets warm moist air traveling north from the Gulf of Mexico.
- Avoid using any plumbing during lightning storms.
- Avoid using your corded landline telephone during lightning storms.
- Don't use appliances that are plugged into the wall during lightning storms.
- Avoid standing on surfaces in which moisture or water is present during lightning storms.
Updated: 25th November 2019