| Hurricanes are extremely dangerous storms. To ensure your safety, you must know how to be safe if a hurricane comes to your town. When you are in a hurricane warning area, you should closely monitor a radio or television for updates on the storm. If you need to evacuate your home, you should leave early. You should stay at a low rise inland hotel, a predesignated public shelter, or a friend or relative's house.
During a hurricane, you should keep watch for tornadoes, which are sometimes formed by a hurricane, and the "eye" of the storm. The "eye" is the center of the hurricane. It is very calm. But don't be fooled by it, because it isn't the end of the storm. Once the eye leaves your area, the powerful winds of the hurricane return. When the storm is over, check electrical, gas, and water lines for any damage. When outside during a hurricane, watch for flying debris. Hurricane winds blow at 74 miles per hour or more and could easily pick up things like siding and signs and send them flying your way. Remember, hurricanes are very dangerous and can seriously injure you if you don't follow safety regulations.