Wind Storms

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​During a Wind Storm

  • If you don’t have to go out, stay home.
  • Use extreme caution around downed trees and power lines. Assume any down power line is live.
  • Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.
  • Watch out for blowing debris from downed tree and power lines.
  • Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them. Report downed lines to your local authorities.
  • Stay away from chain link fences around downed power lines. They can be electric conductors.
  • Slow down for debris in the street.
  • Slow down for traffic officers at intersections with non-working signal lights.
  • Be aware of utility workers clearing debris and working to restore power.
  • Driving is extremely difficult and dangerous in high winds especially for high-profile vehicles such as busses, trucks, vans, and RVs. Avoid operating your vehicle if at all possible.
  • If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Take care not to touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle. If vehicle catches fire, open the door, but do not step out. Jump, without touching any of the metal portions of the car's exterior, to safe ground and get quickly away.
  • During the storm, draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home. Remain a safe distance from windows.
  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the wind.

​​Power Outages

Wind storms often cause power outages. In an effort to be prepared for such an occurrence, one should do the following:

  • Prepare a kit with a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets and warm clothing, emergency phone numbers, a first aid kit and other items you might need if power is out for several days.
  • Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas. When power is out, gas pumps at service stations typically don’t work.
  •  If your garage has an electric door opener, locate the manual release lever and know how to operate it.
  •  Stock up on shelf-stable foods such as canned goods, juices, peanut butter, energy bars and trail mixes.
  •  Plan for ways in which to keep food cold. Buy a cooler and freeze-pack inserts and keep them frozen. Freeze water in plastic jugs or containers or store bags of ice.
  •  Install surge protectors and/or battery systems for computers.
  •  Do not run generators, gas grills, or other carbon monoxide producing equipment indoors while power is out.
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