It’s a decision most of us never want to have to make: Will you stay or go when a hurricane is heading your way?
Here's what you should do before the storm hits, when it hits and after it hits.
FIRST 24 HOURS BEFORE THE STORM
- Identify your safe room. Clear it out except for the essentials. That’s where you’re riding this thing out. The fewer windows, the better.
- Crank down the refrigerator to the coldest temperature. It will help preserve food longer if the power only goes out temporarily.
- You’ll need water. Fill bathtubs and sinks. You will need enough to flush the toilet and cook.
- Charge your cellphone. Put your pets on a leash, and in their cage.
- Gather your important documents in a storm-proof container
FIRST 24 HOURS DURING THE STORM
- Don’t go outside even if you think it’s over, it could just be the eye of the storm.
- Don’t mess around with the floodwaters. It may look like it’s not a big deal, but it only takes six to 12 inches to take you down or flood your car.
- If you need evacuation help, put a white sheet on your door or roof so officials know. Be patient, they might not be able to get to you yet.
FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER THE STORM
- Take pictures of any damage.
- Clean up as soon as possible to avoid mold. Wear protective clothing.
- Don’t make unnecessary calls. Save your cell battery and text when possible.
- When you have time, replenish your readiness kits and prepare for the next one.
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