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Safety Tips


  • Stay tuned to radio or TV for updates
  • Shutter or board the windows in your home
  • Secure outdoor objects or bring them inside
  • Stock up on food and water in case you must take shelter in your home
  • Fuel up your car in case an evacuation is ordered
  • Turn off utilities at the main valves or switches if instructed by authorities

Terms to Know

  • Hurricane Watch- Hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours
  • Hurricane Warning- A hurricane is expected within 24 hours
  • Storm Surge- A dome of water pushed ashore by hurricane-forced winds
  • Storm Tide- A storm surge combined with a normal tide


  • Take refuge on the ground floor or in a small central room or hallway
  • Get under a small table or similar strong object
  • Keep away from windows or glass doors
  • Close all inside doors
  • Brace all outside doors


  • Remain in a secure location until you are notified it is safe to leave
  • Do not drive unless necessary
  • Do not drink tap water until authorities say it’s safe
  • Stay away from waterways until potential flooding has passed
  • Report downed power lines and broken gas and sewer mains to authorities
  • Inspect your home for damage
  • Report damage to your insurance agent


  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and in the shade if you go outside
  • If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or other public place
  • Wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a car
  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
  • Take a cool shower or bath

Terms to Know

  • Heat Wave- Period of extreme heat, usually accompanied by high humidity
  • Heat Index- The relative humidity add to the air temperature (how hot if feels)
  • Heat Cramps- Muscle pains due to exertion –the first sign of heat related problems
  • Heat Exhaustion- A mild form of shock brought on by strenuous activity in the heat
  • Heat Stroke- A life threatening condition occurring when the body’s temperature control system shuts down. Brain damage or death can result if the body is not cooled at once