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Riding out the storm at home

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
June 17, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.


If you choose to remain at home during a hurricane, make sure your family and home are prepared to ride out the storm.

Here are a few tips for staying home during severe weather.

Prepare your home:

• Bring inside any lawn furniture, garden tools, children's toys, garbage cans, clotheslines or other loose items during the storm.

• Turn off electricity, water and propane at the main source.

• Leave on natural gas for cooking and heating.

• Have enough nonperishable food and bottled water for each member of the house for the first three days.

• Have enough pet food and bottled water for each pet for the first three days.

• Have a piece of plywood in the bathroom should you need to cover yourself in the bathtub during the storm.

During the storm:

• Listen to the radio or TV for weather updates.

• Do not go outside, even if it looks calm.

• Wait for an official message on radio or TV that the hurricane is over before leaving the house.

• Stay away from windows.

• During the storm, stay in a windowless room or closet.

• You can protect yourself by getting in a bathtub and covering it with a sheet of plywood.

Be ready to leave your home. If emergency authorities encourage evacuation or your home is damaged during the storm, have a plan to get to the nearest shelter or neighbor's house.

SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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