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.