Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm
Stay out of floodwater.
- Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
- Don’t drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles won’t protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
- If you have to be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket—especially if the water is rising.
- Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer. Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.
- Learn more on how to stay safe after a flood.
Never use a wet electrical device.
- Turn off the power at the main breaker in your house if the device is still plugged in. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it.
If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles.
- If you have to use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your family knows how to use it.
- Learn more about hazards related to power outages.