While the Florida, Carolina and Virginia coasts prepare for the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, which is now a category 2 storm, Atlanta is expected to see some rain and wind. Though we are not coastal, we can still be very much affected by these storms as we experienced a year ago with Hurricane Irma.
We want you to stay safe during these storms, whether here in Atlanta or on the coast.
Rule #1 is to follow instructions from the government and local officials. If you are told to evacuate, you need to evacuate.
If you choose not to evacuate and will wait out the storm (not recommended):
- Make sure you have enough water to last you and your family for at least two weeks. Do not forget that your pets will need water and you will need water for cooking and bathing.
- Prepare to be without electricity, running water or toilet flushing for two weeks.
- Prepare to be unable to leave your neighborhood for two weeks.
- Be aware that bees, snakes and yes, alligators will come out after a hurricane or other major storm. Be prepared for these dangers.
- Keep Benedryl and other essential medicines you need on hand.
- Make sure you have a good wound care kit handy.
- Duct tape the drain in your bathtub before filling it to keep water from leaking out after the storm.
- Be prepared for water to enter your home from every seal.
- Stay away from fallen power lines that might still be live. Children and pets should be supervised and kept away from these lines until clean up is completed. Always assume these lines are live.
We hope that after reading these tips that you will plan to evacuate if you are told that it is necessary. If you are in the Atlanta area, or somewhere far enough from the coast to avoid evacuation, it is still wise to heed the above advice in case of power outages, downed trees, and power lines.