With hurricane season still being active, it’s helpful to always be prepared for the unexpected. If your area is not under mandatory evacuation orders or if you’re unable to evacuate, here’s some helpful tips for sheltering in place during a storm.
- Identify a “shelter” room in your home. This enclosed area should be on the first floor, in a central part of the home with no windows.
- Remain in contact with neighbors who are staying in their home during the storm.
- Park your vehicle on high ground if possible, parallel to the building. Remove insurance information from the car for safe keeping and take pictures of your vehicle before the storm.
- Make arrangements to use alternative means of communication.
- Consider installing a gas-powered generator to power your home in the event of a power outage. Test and refuel it regularly to ensure it is operational at the time you need it. Be sure to run it in a well ventilated area.
- If flooding threatens the home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Unplug or turn off major appliances.
- Have plenty of water and non-perishable food items for multiple days if you lose power.