Hurricane Harvey has recently slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Most people know to seek shelter during a hurricane or other severe weather, but unfortunately many people are killed or injured in the aftermath of a storm. Here are a few tips to stay safe after severe weather strikes your area:
- Be prepared. Staying safe after a storm starts with being prepared before it hits. Be sure to have an emergency kit with flashlights, bottled water, non perishable food, blankets, and a first aid kit. If anyone in your group has a chronic medical condition, be sure to have enough of their medication to last a few days.
- Be Alert. Pay attention to local news alerts: This can help you determine when it is safe to leave your shelter or home.
- Avoid driving if possible as many roadways may be flooded or blocked by debris.
- Beware of downed power lines. This may seem like common sense, but many people are killed or injured after storms by getting too close to a down power line.