Staying Safe From Summer Storms
The potential for severe weather increases in our area during the summer months. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to help ensure you are ready when disaster strikes.
BEFORE THE STORM
*Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
*Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
*If you are outdoors, get inside a building.
*Shutter windows and severe outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
DURING THE STORM
*Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
*Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
*Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords.
*Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
*Stay away from windows and doors.
AFTER THE STORM
*Never drive through a flooded roadway.
*Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
*Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.