Hurricane Safety Tips – Learn How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Hurricane preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a storm. Use our hurricane safety tips to prepare & help keep you and your family safe during a hurricane watch or warning.
Prepare & Plan – What to do before, during, and after a storm
Hurricanes are among the most powerful and dangerous type of storms and can do severe damage to an area including destroying homes, knocking out electric power lines, storm surges and flood of houses and streets and more.
Power is likely to go out, and even with the help of a generator, you’ll want a backup plan. Hurricanes can form quickly, and usually you’ll have a couple of days to prepare for it. Of course, it’s always best to have a plan in place and prepare before the threat of a storm.
Hurricane Season – June through November
While the prediction for the number of hurricanes for the 2017 hurricane season is slightly below average, remember that it only takes ONE tropical cyclone to impact millions of people.
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with winds that exceed 74 miles per hour (64 knots) and in the Northern Hemisphere, they circulate counter-clockwise about their centers.
The destruction of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Super Storm Sandy was tremendous. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected more than 24 states, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey, New York and New England. Hurricane-force winds and the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy alone left 70% of residents without electricity, blew roofs off buildings, flooded streets, tunnels and subway lines, caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, destroyed thousands of homes, and left millions without electric service.
Unlike tornadoes and earthquakes, hurricanes can be forecast so there is usually a warning several days before it makes landfall. This gives residents time to stock up on supplies and take precautions.
Safety Tips – Ensure you are hurricane ready
Hurricanes are serious and dangerous. You may experience long periods of very strong winds, heavy rains, flying debris, storm surges, significant changes in air pressure, and flooding. With a good plan in place, it will make the implantation of your emergency measures easier, orderly and more efficient.
Here is a list of things to do and safety tips:
- Know how to stay informed; monitor TV or radio for timely updates on weather conditions and zones being evacuated.
- Know your evacuation routes.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Stock up on food and water.
- Protect your home from wind and flooding.
- Board up glass doors and windows with plywood.
- Tie down or remove loose items in the yard i.e. water hoses, potted plants, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, etc.
- Fuel vehicles and generators.
- Have 5-gallons of water per person per day.
- Keep enough non-perishable food on hand for several days.
- If a generator is not available to run the refrigerator, have a large ice chest available that can store food, milk, and water.
- Stock emergency supplies: first aid kit, candles, matches, flashlights, can opener, toilet paper, medications, prescriptions, a change of clothes, bedding, cash, photo ID, etc.
- Consider how to stay informed: have extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, TV, or cell phone.
- Keep a list of any allergies or health conditions a family member may have.
- Secure insurance information, important documents, valuables, irreplaceable mementos.
- Secure non-replaceable items (family photos).
- Make arrangements for pets; identify facilities or hotels that allow pets. Collect pet items: collars, leashes, food, water, medications, transport carrier, bed, toys.
- Make a list of phone numbers to seek emergency assistance.
- Make a family plan. If your family gets separated, develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards.
- Practice your plan.
- Be kind, and take care of your neighbors – especially the elderly, children, and disabled.
- Share your weather preparedness plan with friends and family.
- Share severe weather preparedness tips on social media using the hashtag: #SevereWeatherPrep.
Reliable Emergency Power
When extreme weather causes extended power outages, an emergency backup generator can be a worthwhile investment. It is best to purchase a generator from a distributor that specializes in generators like Cannondale to make sure the proper size generator is being purchased, you understand how it operates, the fueling process, and the safety concerns.
Cannondale Generators provides a whole line of generators to meet almost any need in emergency situations. Located in Wilton, CT, Cannondale Generators sells, installs and services a complete line of generators and can help you make the right decision.
Cannondale Generators – Power when you need it
Call today 203-762-2608 and ask us how we can help you keep the lights on.