The Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Erika's arrival later this weekend, when it is expected to reach hurricane status. While hurricane season has been fairly quiet to this point, Erika could bring some potential trouble to Florida and other states on the east coast. Because of this, we want to remind everyone that NFPA has hurricane preparedness information and safety basics on our website that will be useful before, during and after a hurricane.
These tips include things like locating area shelters and the best way to travel to them beforehand, and creating disaster supply kits with your family. During a hurricane, it is important to remember:
- Remain inside, away from windows and doors.
- During power outages try to avoid carrying a lit candle. Use flashlights instead. Don't use a lit candle when searching for items in a confined space. Never use a candle for a light when checking pilot lights or fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes. Read NFPA's candle safety fact sheet.
- Do not be fooled by the calm when the eye of the hurricane is above your area; the worst of the storm is probably yet to come.
- Be prepared for tornadoes caused by hurricanes; remain inside and at the center of your home or in a closet or basement.