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Friday, October 31, 2014

State offers hurricane safety tips
(Page 3 of 4)
Kristie Arden/Herald
Residents and business owners throughout the South Shore, like these residents in Long Beach on Monday afternoon, did their best to protect their property, even before the hurricane hit with maximum force later at night.

· Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood, so you or your evacuation routes are not cut off. If you choose or are told to evacuate, move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.

· Monitor local radio / television broadcasts or NOAA Weather Radio to learn of the storm’s progress and for information from emergency officials.

· Avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep your vehicle away.

· Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.

· After a flood, you should test drinking water for potability and wells should be pumped out and the water tested before drinking.

· Do not use fresh food that has come in contact with floodwaters. Wash canned goods that come in contact with floodwaters with soap and hot water.

· Stay away from downed power lines.

In Case of Power Outage

· Turn off major appliances to prevent damage from a possible surge when the power comes back on - keep one light turned on so you know when power returns.

· Call your utility provider to notify them of the outage.

· Check to see if your neighbors have power.

· Use only flashlights for emergency lighting -- candles pose the risk of fire.

· Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors shut to keep food from spoiling. When in doubt, throw it out!

· Do not use a charcoal grill indoors and do not use a gas stove for heat - they could give off harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

· In cold weather, stay warm by dressing in layers and minimizing time spent outdoors. Be aware of cold stress symptoms (i.e., hypothermia) and seek proper medical attention if symptoms appear.

· If you are in a tall building, take the stairs and move to the lowest level of the building.

· If trapped in an elevator, wait for assistance. Do not attempt to force the doors open. Remain patient - there is plenty of air and the interior of the elevator is designed for passenger safety.

· Remember to provide fresh, cool water for your pets.

· Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion and dangerous driving conditions. If you must drive during a blackout, remember to obey the 4-way stop rule at intersections with non-functioning traffic signals.

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