During the Storm

Families should be prepared for all hazards that could affect their area. This includes developing a personal preparation plan and an emergency survival kit.

During a hurricane or tropical storm, you should:
  • Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered.
  • Close all interior doors and brace exterior doors if possible.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, hallway, or basement, if available.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Some protection is afforded by covering with a mattress during the height of the storm.
  • If the eye of the storm passes over, it will be calm for a short period of time. Remain indoors!
  • As soon as the eye passes over, winds will increase rapidly to hurricane force from the opposite direction; remain calm. It may take several hours for the storm to pass.