Survive the Hurricane Season with These Recommended Tips

What to do before and after a hurricane

Hurricane season is here and NBC news offers these hurricane survival tips. Plus, some recommendations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on what to do after a hurricane has passed.

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Hurricanes are more than heavy rains and strong winds—they are opportunities for disaster when not adequately prepared for what happens during and after a hurricane. Here is an NBC News video on how you should prepare yourself before that next big one hits.

PRE-HURRICANE TIPS

ADVICE NOT ON THE VIDEO

Oddly enough, the video failed to mention first aid supplies and medications. One great tip is to prepare like you are going away on a trip where medications and first aid supplies may not be easily available.

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POST-HURRICANE TIPS

While advice for preparing for a hurricane is extremely useful, many hurricane-related accidents and injuries happen after the wind has died down. Here’s some advice from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on what you need to do after the hurricane has hit.

• Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

• Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

• Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

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• Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

• Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

• Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.

• Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

• Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

For more about how to protect yourself and your family before, during and after a hurricane, here are some informative articles that can make this year's hurricane season a safer one:

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Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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Reference: NBC News How to Stock a Hurricane Survival Kit

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