During the Storm
- Keep TVs and radios tuned to news stations with the latest storm developments.
- Stay away from windows, sliding glass doors, and avoid standing under skylights.
Should you have an electrical outage:
- Don't open the refrigerator. Groceries can last 12 to 24 hours during an outage without spoilage.
- Stay in the house. Do not go outside to investigate the outage.
- Use camper type kerosene lamps to provide for light.
- Avoid using candles and open flames unless absolutely necessary. Proceed with maximum caution.
- Turn off appliances to prevent a "surge" when the power is returned.
- Never use the stove or oven as a heat source.
- Keep your portable battery operated TVs and radios turned to emergency channels.
- Close all curtains and window blinds.
- Use your cell phone for emergencies. Avoid using your "regular" telephone.
- Pass the hours by reading or playing board games with your children.
- If the storm intensifies and damages your home, seek refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
- Avoid carbon monoxide hazards. Do not run generators, grills, or other gas operated portable appliances indoors!
If you need to evacuate, follow instructions of local officials.
- Take all your packed items and pets in your automobile.
- Make arrangements with others for your pets.
- Wear weather protected clothing.
- Take your emergency supplies with you.
- Shut off your gas and electric utilities if advised to do so by local officials.
- Lock your house.
- Let others know when you're leaving and where you are going.