The safest place to be during a violent storm is underground. However, a small room in the middle of the house, such as a closet or a place under the stairs, is the best. The more walls between you and the outside, the better. If you live in a 2-story house, go to the 1st floor. Find a room without windows. If you must be in a room with a window, protect the window, or protect yourself from the window if it breaks.
Remember, stay in this area of refuge within your home when you hear a hurricane warning and arrival of the hurricane is eminent or when outside conditions worsen. Tornadoes form along the edges of hurricanes and may form at any time during severe weather. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm. There will be a few moments of calm while the center of a storm passes overhead.
Residents, who live in a mobile home, even if it is new with tie downs, should seek safe shelter elsewhere. Go to a shelter, or better yet, contact a friend ahead of time and plan to stay with them in a time of emergency. View the Protecting Your Mobile Home page for more information.
Recommended Items to Have During a Disaster
Before the season hits, be sure to get an emergency kit together. The following list contains recommended items to have in case of a weather disaster:
5 gallons of water per person, minimum
A 3-day supply of non-perishable food and a manual can opener
Emergency (camping) cooking equipment, lighter, and fuel
Heavy duty trash bags and bleach
Extra pet food and water (if applicable)
A fire extinguisher and a portable cooler
Flashlights with extra batteries and a radio
Baby needs (if applicable)
Toiletries, medications, and special dietary needs
First-aid kit and insect repellent
Cash and a full tank of gas in the car
Tarps, rope, and duct tape for emergency repairs to the home