It’s that time again, Raleigh. The first Atlantic hurricane of the year, Hurricane Danny, is fast approaching the East Coast. Are you prepared?
The Hurricane Center warns that forecasting Danny’s strength may be difficult due to its small size; smaller hurricanes are subject to fluctuations in strength, making them very unpredictable.
You don’t have to face the storm alone- we’ve got you covered with these safety tips.
Here are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family this hurricane season:
Have a Plan
Create an evacuation plan and make sure that all members of your family know what to do. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan will reduce confusion and panic during the event.
Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level.)
Do not go outside. You run the risk of being hit by flying debris if you venture out. If the eye of the storm passes over your location, there will be a brief period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind rapidly picks up and reaches dangerous levels and will come from the opposite direction.
If a home loses power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage. If flooding threatens a home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
Make sure you are well stocked with:
water (at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day)
food (non-perishable, easy-to-prepare)
flashlight (with extra batteries)
a first aid kit
sanitation and personal hygiene items
cell phone with chargers
tools/supplies for securing your home
extra set of car keys and house keys
Make sure you sign up for weather alerts with MyRaleigh Subsciptions: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCRALEIGH/subscriber/new
Be prepared to evacuate if advised by authorities by keeping the gas tank in your car full. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Find the Raleigh Evacuation Maps here: http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/evacuationmaps/
For more information on hurricane safety, visit these sources:
Chances are Hurricane Danny will not make an appearance in Raleigh, but it is better to have a plan than to be caught-off guard by an emergency.
Stay home. Stay dry. Stay safe, Raleigh.