Below are some precautions to take for a hurricane.
Public health officials recommend that city residents shelter in place whenever feasible. Staying indoors and off the roads until advised that it is safe to come outside helps minimize the risk of injury and speeds up recovery operations. To shelter in place, residents should plan on having food, water, batteries, flashlights,etc, to enable them to stay inside for up to 72 hours.
For flood preparation:
Raise or anchor equipment below base flood elevation;
Install or maintain a sump pump;
Place sandbags at doors or windows that are on ground level;
Learn the emergency flood plan for the area;
Prepare an emergency kit including a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, first-aid kit, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
For high-wind preparation:
Trim dead wood and weak or overhanging branches from all trees;
Check and secure anchoring for covered porches;
Reinforce garage doors so that they are able to withstand high winds;
Install tie-downs for sheds, fuel tanks, television antennas and dishes, and woodpiles;
Install hurricane shutters or ¾-inch thick outdoor plywood to each window, along with shatterproof glass;
Install head and foot bolts to doors;
Reinforce your roof. Install hurricane straps or clips to help keep your roof attached to the walls.
After the storm:
Be safe. If you have sheltered in place, stay inside until you are sure that it is safe to go outdoors. If you have evacuated your home or sheltered elsewhere, do not try to re-enter your home or attempt repairs until it is safe to do so;
Keep children and pets away from downed or low-hanging power lines;
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible;
Do not make permanent repairs until the adjuster has inspected the property - but do take action to prevent further damage, like covering holes in the roof or removing water;
Take pictures of any storm related damage to your property or belongings, particularly if you must throw away items of value that are bacteria-laden;
Keep a record of all your receipts, and document any time you spent securing your property, and your conversations with the insurance company.
If you experience any wind-related damage in your neighborhood, please report it to 311 and crews will be dispatched immediately. Remember to call 911 with any emergencies.
We thank you for your continued cooperation.