It is not always necessary to evacuate. However, if advised to do so by authorities, heed their warning. Follow these evacuation guidelines to help protect your home and to ensure a smoother return:
- Board up glass exterior areas of your home such as windows, French doors, etc.
- Bring inside lawn furniture and toys. Turn over and tie down outdoor objects too large to move (picnic table).
- Unplug appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer.
- Remove objects from walls, and move furniture away from doors and windows.
- Store valuable items up high if flooding is a possibility.
- Take pictures or video of your home and property for insurance purposes.
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Know in advance where the nearest shelters are and alternate routes to get to them.
- Make lodging arrangements for your pet; you will not be able to take them to shelters.
If it is not necessary for you to evacuate, find the safest place within your home to ride out the storm. The safest place is usually near the center of the house in small, enclosed rooms such as hallways or closets. Lie on the floor under a sturdy object such as a table and put your arms over your head for protection. Stay away from windows, spacious rooms and top floors.
Power is restored in the sequence shown below:
Step 1: Transmission Lines -- these supply power to one or more substations.
Step 2: Substations -- a substation outage would affect a large number of customers.
Step 3: Main Distribution Lines -- each line serves a portion of customers from each substation.
Step 4: Tap Lines -- these serve smaller groups of customers from the main distribution lines.
Step 5: Individual Services -- these are lines that serve single residences.
- bottled water
- non-perishable, high-energy packaged foods and canned foods
- manual can opener and utility knife
- disposable plates, cups, utensils and paper towels
- change of clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes
- blankets or sleeping bags
- first-aid kit, prescription medications, vitamins
- area map
- battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- credit cards, cash and traveler's checks
- list of family physicians
- list of important family information
- photo I.D. with address, family and medical records, insurance policies and warranties
- supplies for elderly or infant family members
- booster cables for the car
- charcoal, lighter fluid and waterproof matches
- pet food and supplies
- non-electric clock
- ice chest and ice
- lamp or lantern with fuel supply
- portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply
- plastic trash bags and sealable plastic bags
- chlorinated bleach and hand-washable clothes detergent
- mosquito repellent and sunscreen
- film and camera
- a few pots and storage containers
- change for vending machines and pay phones
- personal hygiene items
- full tank of gas in your car