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How to Stay Safe During a Hurricane

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Sure, we’re here to take care of your landscape, but above all else, we’re here to take care of you. That’s why in this second installment of our hurricane preparedness series, we’re focusing on what you can do to stay safe during a storm. You can replace a landscape, but there’s no replacing you.

You’ve completed your hurricane preparedness and now there’s a named storm headed your way. Thank goodness you took all those smart steps in our previous article to ensure the safety of your property. But now there’s one last thing to protect: you! Here’s what to do now: 

Stay Informed & Ready

Make sure you have a good way to get news on the latest developments from your local officials. Charge up your cell phone, gas up your car (in case you’re told to evacuate), and purchase backup power banks for your electronics. It’s also wise to have an emergency radio and spare batteries on hand in case cell service goes down. 

Stay Safe During a Hurricane
Keep your doors and windows closed to help compartmentalize the pressure and reduce the force on your homes roof, which gives it a better chance to stay intact.

Stay Indoors

Stay away from windows. If you can, the safest place to be is a windowless room with no exterior walls. Don’t head outside to take pictures or try to drive. It’s not worth the risk. And remember, the eye of the storm can be deceptively calm. Wait until you get the all-clear from local officials before venturing out. 

Stay Off-the-Grid

Power surges can be rough on appliances; consider unplugging them to avoid the potential for damage. In the event of flooding, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Rely on battery-powered flashlights instead of kerosene lamps or candles, which could inadvertently cause a fire. And be sure to limit use of your phone to essential activities so you can maintain as much battery as possible.

Stay Out of the Tub & Shower

If lightning strikes near your home, the electricity can travel through the plumbing. If you’re bathing or taking a shower, this creates the potential for electrocution. However, if your home is being damaged by high winds, or if you’re under a tornado warning, sheltering in the bathtub--sans the bath water, of course-- is a smart place to be.  

Want more hurricane preparedness tips? Check out the first article in our series, “How to Get Ready for Hurricane Season,” or our final installment, “How to Stay Safe After a Hurricane.”