When a hurricane hits, do everything you can to protect yourself:
Stay inside, away from windows and doors.
Close all interior doors — secure and brace external ones.
Don’t use the telephone or electrical appliances.
Make sure all electrical and gas appliances are turned off.
Do not open the refrigerator door except when necessary.
If the storm becomes intense, retreat to an interior “safe room”.
If you fear your house will come down, place a mattress over you in your safe room. If in the bathroom, get in the bathtub with a mattress covering you.
In a high-rise building or condo, avoid upper floors, where the wind is strongest, and the ground floor, where flooding is possible.
Monitor local radio and television stations.
Don’t leave your home or shelter until emergency officials say it’s safe. You may be in the eye, with more of the storm to come.