Hurricanes can shatter lives as well as damage your home or property. Being prepared can help you, your family, or your business minimize the impact of the storm or hurricane. The best way is to start before the threat is imminent. Here’s what you need to know.
Things to Prepare before Hurricane
- Emergency Contact Numbers
Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them in your mobile phone, too.
- Emergency Supplies
Gather and prepare an emergency supply kit. Food, water, medicines, and emergency power sources will come handy.
- For Pet owners
Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.
- Learn Information about Shelters and Evacuation Centers
You might need to evacuate if the situation will be worse. The address of the nearest evacuation center will come in handy. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm.
- Prepare information on Naples Disaster Reconstruction companies
In case of structural damage in your home or property, it’s best to keep the contact information of a Naples water damage restoration company near you.
Things to do During Hurricane, Things Not to During Hurricane
What to Do During a Hurricane
If you are staying home, here’s what you should do:
- Monitor the radio or television for weather conditions and updates.
- Stay away from all windows and exterior doors and seek shelter in a bathroom or basement. Bathtubs can provide some shelter if you cover yourself with plywood or other materials.
- Evacuate to a shelter or a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
- If power is lost, turn off all major appliances to reduce the chances of damage in the event of a power surge.
- If flooding nears your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
- What NOT to do During a Hurricane
Avoid these dangerous actions and stay safe:
- Do not handle electrical equipment and do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
- Do not go outside, even if the storm appears to have subsided. The calm or the “eye” of the hurricane or storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when intense winds resume.
- Do not use candles during the storm – they could cause a fire. Stick with battery-operated flashlights or emergency lights.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Six to twelve inches of water is all it takes to take you down or flood your car.
Things to Prepare after Hurricane
The hurricane has passed. What can you do now?
- When power returns to your home, do not start all major appliances at once. Turn them on gradually to reduce damage to sensitive equipment.
- Avoid downed, damaged, or loose power lines and report them immediately to the local police and fire department, as well as to the local transmission and distribution services utility in your area.
- Even if you have ventilation, never use a generator indoors. This includes garages, basements, and crawl spaces. Exhaust fumes contain high levels of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled.
- Do not use electrical or gas appliances that have been wet, and do not turn on damaged appliances because of the hazards of electric shock or fire.
- Stay away from floodwaters as they can contain harmful contaminants and hide dangerous debris that could possibly harm you and your family.
- Take photographs of any damage incurred for insurance purposes.
- If flooding or water damage occurred, call a Naples mold remediation and water damage repair company to respond to your water damage emergency. Make sure that this company has certified technicians to know and diagnose the issue right away.