What can I do to stay safe during a hurricane? 

trees across power lines
Lake Charles, LA September 25, 2005 – Hurricane Rita blew down trees and power poles all across the city, blocking roads and leaving the city without electricity. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

Hurricanes cause high winds and flooding, and it’s important to know the signs for either situation and take proper precautions. The signs of extreme winds include seeing and hearing wind gusts, trees swaying, sheets of rain or snow, and thunder and lightning. You should seek shelter inside, avoid being outside, avoid down wires, and stay away from trees and potential falling limbs when you identify high winds. 

Roadways and walkways can become flooded during a hurricane. Extreme rain and swift moving water cause life threatening situations including being stranded, swept away and drowning. Pay attention to weather service alerts well in advance of a hurricane. Follow evacuation routes or move to higher ground. Never drive or walk-through flooded areas, standing water, or swift moving water.  

Proper preparation, identification of hurricanes, and appropriate action can reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies. For resources on preparing for and staying safe during storms visit eden.uconn.edu.