Family Preparedness Tips for Staying at Home during a major storm:
If you decide to stay in your home during a hurricane or if local officials recommend sheltering-in-place for other emergencies, be sure to have enough supplies on hand and do the following:
•Review your family disaster plan, and your pet plan.
•Have a disaster supply kit handy.
•Have enough food and water for at least three days, preferably seven, for each person in your household.
•Stock extra supplies such as batteries for flashlights and radios.
•Listen to local radio and television for instructions.
•Stay alert to weather advisories, and know the difference between a weather Watch and a weather Warning.
•If a hurricane is approaching, board up windows and secure lawn furniture, mowers, hanging plants, trash cans and other loose items in the yard.
•Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or disabled.
•If a storm hits, gather your family in a safe room. (An interior room with no windows).
•After a storm, watch out for downed power lines.
•If the power is out, do not use candles or open flames as a light source unlessyou KNOW there is no gas leak
•Only use the telephone for important calls so lines will be available for emergency calls.
•Following any disaster, listen to local officials for the all clear.