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What To Do During and After a Hurricane

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

During a Hurricane 


  • If advised to evacuate, go quickly.
  • Bring a Go-Kit: at least 3 days of supplies and batteries.
  • Follow evacuation routes and do not take short cuts because they may be closed.
  • Check with local officials for shelter locations. Download the Red Cross Emergency App to find shelters near you.

Protection from High Winds and Flooding

  • Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
  • Stay away from glass windows and doors.
  • Move to higher ground before flooding begins.
  • Never walk, swim, or drive through floodwater. 

After a Hurricane

Staying Safe

  • Wait for officials to say it is safe before going back home.
  • Avoid fallen, drowned, or damaged powerlines and poles. They can electrocute you.
  • Do not touch floodwaters because they may contain sewage, bacteria, and chemicals.
  • If power is out, use battery powered light sources to reduce fire risks.
  • Gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside enclosed spaces.
  • Throw-out food that got wet or warm.
  • Monitor local health department for information about drinking water safety, as flooding and hurricanes can make it unsafe.


  • Wear appropriate protective equipment including gloves, googles, and boots.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that got wet.
  • Work with a partner when clearing heavy debris.
  • Have the proper training before using equipment, like chainsaws.


  • Heart attacks are the leading cause of death after hurricanes from overworking.
  • Check with doctors about refrigerated medicines.
  • Eat healthy foods and get enough sleep to help deal with stress.
  • Stress and anxiety after hurricanes are normal.

For more information, visit Hurricane Preparedness Checklist (redcross.org)

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