How to Stay Safe During a Hurricane

There are particular areas in the world called hurricane-prone areas like the coastal areas of the United States. For these areas, there’s a season when hurricanes are most likely to occur — in the U.S. it’s from June to November. The people who live there sometimes see hurricanes turn into tornadoes! But if you’re not from a hurricane-prone area, you need to know how to survive in one.

Here at Bright Side, we’ve got your back and we’re going to tell you the basic things you need to know about these hurricanes and how to survive them.

Hurricane Watch is a warning issued by the authorities indicating that there might be a hurricane or hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This is the time when you need to start taking preventive measures like getting your things inside the house, taking your boat to safety or evacuating if you’re living on an island with a smaller population.


Hurricane Warning, on the other hand, is issued at certain parts of the coast to indicate that there will be hurricane-like conditions within 24 hours after the warning is issued. You are expected to be prepared for the hurricane by making preventive preparations.

Before it hits:

  • You must have an evacuation plan. You need to have a planned route to safe shelter.
  • You must have a stock of emergency supplies like food, water, light, clothing, medication, a first aid kit, important documents, road maps or have a back up at Maps etc. for at least 3 days.
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets too. Contact your veterinarian or any humane society before the hurricane hits.
  • Have a radio with sufficient batteries in case there’s no other way of communication.
  • Have more than enough cash for the emergency.
  • You must have your car tank full of gasoline.
  • Take your outdoor stuff inside and make sure you close all the windows and doors before you leave to shelter.

During the hurricane:

Stay away from the coastal or flood-prone areas.

  • Don’t go outside during the hurricanes, don’t underestimate the strength of the winds.
  • If you’re living in a car, RV or mobile home, please move to a safer place or shelter.
  • If you live close to the coast or on lower ground, move to some shelter or higher ground.
  • Keep listening to local authorities on the radio or TV.

When it’s gone:

  • Don’t just jump out of the house unless they announce it or you make sure it’s safe to come out.
  • Watch out for a flood which is more likely to happen after the hurricane hits.
  • Don’t drink water from the taps or any sort of supply, unless they say it’s safe to do so.
  • Always help the people you see in danger or who are wounded but don’t hurt yourself in the process.
  • Don’t go into the standing water and don’t dare to drive unless it’s super urgent.

Bonus: Don’t be this guy.

This man was trying to run against the wind during Hurricane Florence in Florida. Please don’t try these stunts during hurricanes! If a hurricane can break down a house just by one blow, think of what it can do to you, a person made of just flesh and bones.

We’ve tried to cover all the fundamentals you need know in the event of a hurricane, but if you think we’ve missed something, feel free to drop it in the comments and don’t forget to share it. Remember, prevention is always better than a hurricane.

Preview photo credit Lane.Pittman / Facebook

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