What to Do When a Hurricane Hits

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What to Do When a Hurricane Hits

Audrey Thompson, Editor

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We all live in Florida so we all know that hurricanes are common here. With the recent hurricane Dorian, you probably already know what to do when a hurricane is coming but you may have left out some important things.

First is supplies. Some important supplies you should have are: extra batteries, candles or lamps with fuel, matches, materials for emergency repair to your home, first aid supplies, a flashlight, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, cash, manual can opener for food, and a cell phone with chargers and a backup battery.

Second is protection to your house. Try to replace gravel/rock in your yard with mulch, cut branches on trees that could fall onto your house, put in storm shutters or  plywood panels on windows to protect them, make sure that your exterior doors and your garage doors are hurricane-proof, and seal outside wall openings so water cannot get in.

Last is the aftermath. Once the hurricane is over you should continue listening to the weather on a radio or on the local news for any updates, be cautious of any more rain and flooding, only drive if you have to but avoid flooded roads, don’t go near loose, dangling power lines and report them to the power company, stay out of buildings with water around them, look for damage around your house, avoid drinking or making food with tap water until you know it isn’t contaminated, check your refrigerator for spoiled food, make sure to watch your pets and keep them under control, and use a phone only for emergency calls.

While most of us are used to hurricanes, it doesn’t mean they aren’t still dangerous. If you are told to evacuate, you should. We will all be hoping for a safe recovery in the Bahamas.