During a Hurricane
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
- Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials.
- Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows.
- Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room.
- If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
- If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
- Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
- Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm.
- Fight the temptation to go outside during the “eye of the storm”. There’s only a brief period of calm before hurricane force winds return.
- Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
- Keep animals in their carriers.
Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the American Red Cross, offers free training in basic disaster response skills.
Learn fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
For more information on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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