During a hurricane

 Stay indoors away from doors and windows, in an area with the walls close together such as a hallway or closet. Keep something with you such as a mattress or pillow to protect your head.

 If you are in a two-story house, go to an interior first-floor room.

 Leave an accessible exit in case of fire.

 Don't go outside, even during the lull when the eye passes, unless it is an emergency.

 Prepare for storm surge and flooding.

 If you have a pet, consider keeping it in the room with you in a travel carrier.

 Listen to a battery- powered radio or TV.

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