Hurricane season is from June 1st through till November 30th. Do you know the safest place in your house to wait out a hurricane? Most people don’t. They assume the basement, cause that’s where you’d wait out a tornado, but tornadoes don’t usually bring floods. Hurricanes do.
First of all: If you have been told to evacuate please do so.
Tips for Riding Out a Hurricane
If you don’t have a place to go, or plan to stay home and batten down the hatches, play it safe:
A with any storm that brings high winds, if you live in a mobile home it’s best to find another place to wait out the storm.
Is there the possibility of your house flooding? If so turn off the electricity and main water line during the storm and do NOT stay in the basement.
Roofs often collapse in storms that bring high winds. The top floor of the house is not safe.
Stay away from windows that can be broken by wind and flying debris. Close shutters if you have them. If not, close your blinds and curtains to help keep shattered glass and debris from making such a mess.
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Where is the safest place? A bathroom away from exterior walls so there are no windows, and so you have other walls around it for extra protection. If you can, climb into a bath or shower for additional protection.
If an interior bathroom is not available go to a closet closest to the middle of your house or under a stair case. If there is not chance of flooding you can head to the basement.
Remember that a sad statistic is that more deaths occur after a hurricane than during so make sure you wait for an official all clear before going outside.
Tips for Avoiding Hurricane Damage
If you have plenty of warning before the hurricane you may want to do some preparation to try to keep your car safe so you have a getaway vehicle after the storm!
- Check liquids like gas & oil so it is ready to go after the storm.
- Remove anything important or valuable – like proof of insurance or any important papers, DVD players, tools, etc.
- Find some high ground to park it on, parallel to a building if possible
- Park your car away from tall things that might fall like telephone poles or trees
Let’s Talk Hurricane Safety
Hurricane Preparation Checklists and More
- Hurricanes and Tropical Storms – Batten Down the Hatches! – This post includes links to 3 different checklists for hurricane preparation.
- Deciding Where to Go if You have to Bug Out – Tips for finding a safe place to go to when you can’t stay home.
Have you ever had to wait out a hurricane? What are your tips for keeping your family safe?