|Ride out hurricanes in the safest place|
During a storm your number one concern will be keeping your family safe, but do you know where the safest place is?
Many factors contribute to determining the safest place for anyone to wait out a storm, and it may also depend on the wind strength and amount of water the storm brings with it.
If you live in a low-lying area prone to flooding, experts recommend heading to a shelter located on higher ground. There are shelters located on each island across the country, so be sure to plan ahead and know the safest route to arrive at the shelter nearest to you.
If you decide to wait out a storm inside your home, which room will keep you safe?
Generally, experts suggest waiting out a storm in an interior room on the first floor with no windows, such as a bathroom or closet. This designated “safe room” should also have access to running water, a toilet and at least 10 square feet per person when possible.
Be sure to take along your disaster supply kit, including a radio, flashlight and drinking water — enough for each person waiting out the storm in your designated safe room.
Danger spots in the home include areas near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall furniture. During a hurricane, stay away from heavy furniture, appliances, large panes of glass, shelves holding heavy objects, and masonry veneer (such as the fireplace). These items tend to fall or break and can cause injuries.
However, having a plan is only the beginning. Discuss your plan as a family and ensure that everyone is aware of what to do in case of an emergency.
Planning for the worst can ensure you are both prepared and able to remain calm during a storm.