Pre- and Post-Hurricane Tips

With the recent drought, it may seem as if it will never rain again! BUT, June 1 was the beginning of hurricane season and there are some things to keep in mind if a storm heads our way:

If there’s time before a hurricane hits the area, residents should:

  • Keep the TV or radio turned on and tuned into a weather channel.
  • Board or brace windows and doors.
  • Close window and door draperies.
  • Move boats/trailers and vehicles close to the home if they are exposed to the elements and can’t be garaged.
  • Store/secure outdoor furniture, awnings, garbage cans and other items that can, and often do, become projectiles in violent winds.
  • Make sure the car has a full tank of gas.

When a hurricane has come and gone, the experts suggest everyone:

  • Stay away from dangling or downed power lines and accumulated pools of water, no matter how small they appear. Washouts may have weakened roads, bridges and other structures.
  • Boil water before drinking it until authorities say it’s safe straight from the tap.
  • If a power outage occurred, discard food that may have spoiled.


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