What to do when a hurricane threats…

Some information to keep in mind.

For information concerning road conditions, view the NJ DOT web-page (http://www.511nj.org/) .

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  .



When a Hurricane Threatens

Depending on your location, you could be told to evacuate before a warning or even a watch is issued by the National Hurricane Center. Notify someone unaffected by the storm about your whereabouts.

No later than when a watch is issued:

–          Fill vehicles with gas.

–          Get extra cash.

–          Fill prescriptions.

–          For mobile homes, secure tie-downs and prepare to evacuate when ordered.

–          Bring in loose objects from outside.

–          Prepare to secure all windows with shutters or plywood.

No later than when a warning is issued:

–          Secure all windows with shutters or plywood.

–          Place valuables and important papers in a waterproof container and store on highest floor of home.

If you are told to evacuate:

–          Follow all instructions from local officials, and leave immediately when told to do so.

–          Bring emergency supplies listed above.

–          Bring copies of important papers such as insurance policies and list and photos of your home’s contents.

–          Bring blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games.

–          Unplug appliances, turn off electricity and main water valve.

–          Lock windows and doors of your home.

–          Go!

If you are not told to evacuate:

–          Stay at home! Leave the roads available for those who must evacuate.

–          Clean bathtub with bleach, fill with water for washing and flushing (not drinking).

–          Set fridge to maximum cold and keep closed.

–          Turn off utilities if told to do so by local officials.

During a Hurricane:

–          Go to an interior room on the lowest level of the structure in which you’re taking shelter.

–          Stay away from windows and doors, even though they’re covered with shutters or plywood.

–          During extremely strong winds, lie under something sturdy such as a stairwell or large piece of furniture.

–          Do not go outside, not even during passage of the eye. If the eye passes directly over you, the winds could become very weak, but only for a very short period. It will not be long before hurricane-force wind resume, blowing from the opposite direction as before the eye arrived.

After a Hurricane:

–          Help might not come for up to a few days, and power could be out for days or even weeks.

–          Avoid driving on roads covered by water and/or debris. It is often difficult to determine the depth of water covering a road. Turn around, don’t drown.

–          Avoid downed power lines. Stay away from objects that are touching a downed power line, such as a fence or tree.

–          Do not touch anything electrical if you are wet. Stay out of water that could be touching anything electrical, such as in a basement with electrical appliances, or in flooded areas outside where there could be downed power lines.

–          Only use a generator in an outdoor, well-ventilated area, and closely follow manufacturer’s instructions. Many people have died in the aftermath of a hurricane from inhalation of poorly ventilated carbon monoxide from a generator.

–          Use flashlights instead of candles for light. Candles pose a serious fire hazard.


Thanks to http://www.pppl.gov for providing this information.



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