During / After the Hurricane

During The Hurricane

If you were unable to evacuate, stay inside. Do not be fooled by the eye of the hurricane and its temporary period of peaceful weather conditions. The length of time within the eye varies from several minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the size of the storm. The larger and more intense the hurricane the larger the eye. Stay away form windows and glass doors. Continue to listen to your radio or television for hurricane updates and emergency information.

After The Hurricane

  • Wait for local authorities to announce when it is safe to return to your home.
  • Look for visible structural damage before you go inside. Watch for loose dangling electrical power lines and broken sewer, water, or gas lines. Notify local officials immediately if you see any.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets and appliances are dry and free of water before using them
  • Check your air conditioner, both inside unit and outside, to make sure it is free from water and/or debris that may have blown in it.
  • Do not drink water from the faucet until officially notified that it is safe from contamination.
  • Without electricity, food may have spoiled in just a few hours. Don't eat it.
  • Snakes, animals, and insects instinctively travel inland to higher ground to escape. Expect them and be prepared to protect yourself.