BSO Hurricane Guide
After the storm has safely passed:
- Stay tuned to local media and/or NOAA radio.
- Return to your home or venture outdoors only after local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
- Inspect your home for damage. If your home is unsafe or badly damaged, locate other accommodations. To assist BSO with emergency response priorities, participate in the Snapshot Damage Assessment Program.
- Beware of fallen power lines. While electricity may be out, service can be restored at any time and lines may become “hot.”
- If you have no power, use flashlights for illumination. Never use candles or lanterns because of the risk of fire. Cook outdoors using charcoal or propane grills/stoves. Never use these indoors. Do not cook over open fires, as they can spread, especially if debris is in the area.
- Avoid driving as much as possible. If you must be on the roads, remember that many traffic signals may be inoperative. Treat all intersections as though they are a 4-way stop.
Water treatment safety:
If your water source becomes contaminated follow these tips to insure safe water usage.
- Begin by filtering water with a coffee filter to remove any solid materials that may be floating in the water.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute, then allow the water to cool for 30 minutes.
- Add 16 drops of chlorine bleach per gallon of water, or 8 drops per 2-liter bottle. The only active ingredient in the bleach should be hypochlorite of a concentration of 5.25% to 6%. Make sure the bleach does not contain any perfumes or soaps. Some bleach manufacturers have added sodium hydroxide, which does not pose a health risk for the water treatment process.
- Let water remain standing for thirty minutes.
- Use the water only if it smells of chlorine. If it doesn't, add another round of drops (16 per gallon and 8 per 2-liter bottle). If you still don't smell chlorine, discard the water and find another source.
- BSO Hurricane Guide Main Page
- Be aware of approaching storms
- Hurricane supplies
- Installing hurricane shutters
- As the storm approaches
- Should you evacuate?
- Pet and livestock owners - special preparations
- Broward County hurricane shelters
- Staying safe during the hurricane
- Generator safety
- Price gouging
- Snapshot Damage Assessment Program
- More information
- List of Broward County hurricane shelters