July 26, 2006
Tips for Safety in Storms
With hurricane season begun, the American Red Cross suggests area residents take the following precautions in case a storm hits.
Residents are advised to: Listen to media tropical storm reports; Get a battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; Check disaster supplies kit, including food, water and clothing; Fill vehicles with fuel; Bring in outdoor objects like lawn furniture, toys and garden tools, anchor objects that cannot be brought inside; Secure building by closing and boarding up windows; Remove outside antennas; Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting and open up only when absolutely necessary; Store valuables and personal papers in waterproof container on highest level of home; Avoid elevators.
If at home, residents should: Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors; Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy; Do NOT use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light. If power is lost, turn off appliances to reduce power surge when electricity is restored.
If officials indicate evacuation is necessary: Elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding; Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve; Bring disaster supplies kit; Take warm protective clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and prescription medicines; Tell someone outside of your storm area where you are going; Lock your home and leave immediately; Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
For more information on how to prepare for disasters, visit the Red Cross website or call the Suffolk County Chapter at 627-7773.