Should I stay or should I go?
I’m riding it out at home. What’s the best advice?
Does taping windows really do anything?
Should I drain water from my pool?
Without power, will refrigerated food last?
What about phones? Will cell phone towers get wiped out?
What can I do about my animals?
Can I get money from my bank?
What documents should I take with me?
Is there an emergency radio station?
Should I talk about the potential dangers of the storm with my children?
How can I avoid getting electrocuted?
What should I do if the power goes out?
My store ran out of bottled water. What can I do?
My car flooded. What should I do?
My furniture and carpet are soaked. What should I do?
The President has declared a major disaster in our area. What does that mean?
How can I prepare to make an insurance claim?
I stay or should I go?
If you have been ordered to evacuate, go. Be prepared to be gone at
least 24 to 48 hours. If you stay, keep in mind that bridges and causeways
likely will be shut down when winds reach about 40 mph.
riding it out at home. Whats the best advice?
sure windows are protected.
the yard of potential flying debris.
away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find an interior,
reinforced room, closet or bathroom on the lower floor.
you lose power, turn off major appliances, including the air conditioner
and water heater, to reduce damage.
flooding threatens, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
taping windows really do anything?
Taping windows wont keep them from breaking. Some people say it
lessens the amount of glass blowing around, others say its a waste
of time and effort because it provides no protection from flying debris.
Storm shutters or plywood are better.
I drain water from my pool?
empty your pool. It could experience structural problems and even
pop out of the ground.
your pool is properly equipped with adequate drains and skimmers and
the surrounding area is properly drained, the water level probably
can be left as is.
extra chlorine to prevent contamination.
the water supply fails, the pool can be a handy source of water for
washing or flushing toilets.
you cant store patio chairs, tables and pool equipment inside,
put them in the pool.
power, will refrigerated food last?
a full freezer, food will stay frozen for about two days. In a half-full
freezer, food will stay frozen for about one day.
foods in the refrigerator that have been kept above 40 degrees for
more than two hours should be thrown out.
the freezer with blankets, but be sure to keep the air vent uncovered.
Food will stay cold four to six hours.
about phones? Will cell phone towers get wiped out?
important things to have on hand are a corded landline phone and a
car charger for your cell phone.
power outage wont directly affect landline phone service, but
it will knock out electrically powered cordless phones.
cell towers are less vulnerable to storm winds than utility poles.
But a power outage will make it impossible to keep your cell phone
charged without extra, charged batteries, or a car charger.
you run into network congestion on your cell phone, try sending a
text message, which requires less bandwith and has a better chance
of getting through.
can I do about my animals?
If you need to evacuate, dont leave your pet behind. Most emergency
shelters dont allow pets, so you might have to turn to friends
or family for help. Area animal shelters do not accept pets during hurricanes.
I get money from my bank?
Probably through your ATM. Banks will typically urge customers to use
telephone or internet banking.
documents should I take with me?
A list might include: checkbook, safe deposit key, financial center
locations and phone numbers, birth, death and marriage certificates,
will/power of attorney, Social Security card/records, military records,
medical records (living will or other medical powers), insurance policies,
checking and savings account statements, retirement account records,
pay stubs, tax returns, car titles and registrations, mortgage deeds
or rental agreements, warranties and receipts, credit card records,
loan records, and a list of important phone numbers (relatives, bank
and insurance company).
there an emergency radio station?
People with weather radios can tune to NOAA Weather Radio, a nationwide
network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information
direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. For regular radio
listeners, your local news and weather radio stations have regular updates.
I talk about the potential dangers of the storm with my children?
Honesty really is the best policy. Tell them whats happening,
involve them in preparations and have plenty of board games on hand
if the electricity goes out. Above all, experts advise, keep yourself
calm and children will follow your guide.
can I avoid getting electrocuted?
off power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box BEFORE water enters
replace a fuse or touch a circuit breaker with wet hands or while
standing on a wet or damp surface.
clear of all downed power lines and anything in contact with a downed
line. A downed wire doesnt have to snap or spark to be dangerous.
drive over a downed power line. Dont get out of your car anywhere
near a downed power line, because water on the ground can conduct
should I do if the power goes out?
Notify your electric utility. Do not follow up with repeated phone calls
for the status of power restoration efforts. For updates, refer to radio
and TV broadcasts.
store ran out of bottled water. What can I do?
purify water, add quarter-teaspoon of unscented liquid chlorine laundry
bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. Boiling
water for 10 minutes is the best purification.
drinking, before the storm arrives freeze as much water as you can
in any container you can find. Store 1 gallon of water per person
per day. A three-day supply of water (3 gallons) should be stored
for each family member.
washing and flushing, store water in bathtub or sinks. Sponge the
tub with a solution of liquid bleach and water. Use a shower curtain
to cover the drain or caulk the drain.
car flooded. What should I do?
start it. Wait to have it towed to a mechanic.
it was built after the late 1980s, the mechanic should check
out the engine management system, the computer black box that controls
exhaust system and brakes may need attention. If water entered the
brake fluid system, the brakes could fail. The oil pan is the lowest
part of the engine, and water may have seeped into it; change the
oil and filter.
water got into the interior, remove all carpeting and let it dry thoroughly.
Leaving damp carpet inside could lead to rust problems years down
the road. Most car insurance covers flood damage. If the water reaches
the dashboard, your insurance company probably will declare the car
a total loss.
furniture and carpet are soaked. What should I do?
upholstered furniture resting on carpet should be elevated or moved
to a covered patio or carport to dry.
upholstery was soaked, rent a machine to extract the water.
draperies and area rugs should be taken outdoors to dry.
wall-to-wall carpeting should be lifted up and the padding removed;
it acts like a sponge. Get rid of the padding and rent a special vacuum
to extract water from the carpet.
President has declared a major disaster in our area. What does that
Home and business-owners who suffered damage can apply for federal grants
and loans through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
Federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home
repairs, low cost loans for uninsured property and other programs.
can I prepare to make an insurance claim?
you evacuate, take insurance papers and your adjusters phone
number with you. Write down the name, address and claims-reporting
telephone number of the insurance company.
emergency repairs, document the damage and repairs in writing, with
receipts and with photos.
report damage to your insurance company.