Living in New Hampshire or Vermont wedon't see many or highly destructive tornadoes. However, you can never be too careful, and being prepared for ANY storm disaster is always a good idea!The summer months Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, we need to be ready for windstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes/ tropicalstorms.Hurricane season usuallyruns from June 1 to November 30th.Here are some safety precautiontips for outdoors.
Safety precautions outdoors
- If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
- Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
- The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
- If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
- Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Although you should move into a non-concrete structure if possible, being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.
Some safety precautions for indoors
Safety precautions indoors
- Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
- Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
- Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
- Avoid concrete floors and walls.
It is also a good idea to have a disaster supply kit ready as well. Things to include are:
- Water- 1 gallon, per person, per day
- Food- 3-7 days' worth of non perishable or canned food-with can manual can opener.
- Bedding- Blankets and pillows
- Clothing- Even when the weather is warm, for safety while cleaning and working, wearing long-sleeve or and pants are good to help protect your skin
- First aid kit- First aid kits are always important. In this situation bandages and sanitizer are the minimal to have at hand, however it is always better to have more!
- Cash- Always a good idea in a storm event to have some cash on hand.
Hurricanes, along with most storms, are unpredictable. Being prepared is always a good idea. You should have a an escape plan ready, somewhere to stay out of harms way. Making a list of items you own is also a good idea, along with photos of items. Keep more than one copy . Take necessary steps to protect your home or business. Having SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan is also a great idea!SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE
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- Category 3- Winds from 111-130 mph. Extensive damage level
- Category 4- Winds from 131-155 mph. Extreme damage level
- Category 5- Winds that exceed 155 mph. Catastrophic damage level
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