What To Do During and After a Hurricane
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
- 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)