Protect your family and your home when the next big storm hits.
Some forecasters say 2013 could be an active season for hurricanes in the Atlantic. Even if another Andrew or Wilma doesn’t hit South Florida, it’s best to be prepared. And since it’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you're aware of the following safety tips:
Secure the Building
- Protect your windows – If your house doesn’t have permanent storm shutters, you should cover all windows and glass doors with marine plywood cut to fit them.
- Protect your roof – There are several methods for mitigating wind damage to roofs, including anchoring the roof to the foundation or using special clips designed for the task. You can learn more here.
Eliminate potential projectiles – Anything outside your home that could be picked up by the wind and smashed into the building should either be tied down or stored inside. This includes:
- Outdoor furniture
- Garbage cans
- Strengthen garage doors – Consider installing braces or special wind-resistant doors, as much of the damage in a house comes from wind that enters through the garage.
Protect the Inside
- If you lose power, don’t use candles or open flames for light.
- If you’re instructed to, turn off utilities in your home. Natural gas is a particular danger, as leaks after a natural disaster can spark a fire or explosion.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Close all interior doors and brace external ones.
Keep Yourself Safe
The most important thing inside your home is you and your loved ones, so following these tips will protect you, too. You should make sure you have:
- Battery-operated radios and lights, with extra batteries
- Food and water for everyone for at least three days
- A first-aid kit
- An adequate supply of prescription drugs
When natural disasters hit, accidents can happen. The Emergency Care service at St. Lucie Medical Center is ready to assist you. If you have any emergency safety questions, give our free Consult-A-Nurse® service a call at 1-800-449-8345.