Stay inside until the storm has completely passed.
It is critically important that you do not attempt to go outside until the winds have calmed down significantly. Keep in mind, that unlike the start of the storm, there is now a ton of debris out there that can fly around a lot more easily. Your battery-operated radio functional is important, so you can hear from forecasters and local officials about when the threat has passed.
If you evacuated, do not return until local officials say you can.
Depending on the severity of the storm, you may be better off staying where you are for a while. There’s a good chance you won’t be able to make it back with all the trees and power lines down. Some areas, such as barrier islands, may have specific re-entry requirements. Be sure to have your identification and proof of residency with you.
Conduct an initial damage assessment of your immediate area.
When it is safe to do so, take a look around your immediate area to make sure there are no hazards such as live power lines, gas leaks, etc. If a hazardous condition exists, leave that area immediately and seek a safer location elsewhere. Know where shut-off valves are for electricity, natural gas and water are and turn them off if needed.
Stay somewhere safe, refrain from sight-seeing.
Even after the storm passes, there are many additional hazards that can harm you. Many people are injured or killed walking or driving around after the storm. Live power lines, gas leaks, dangling tree branches, flooding, damaged roadways and dangerous wildlife (e.g. snakes, alligators) can be life-threatening. Do not go sight-seeing unnecessarily; the added traffic may prevent essential personnel for getting people who need their help.
Attempt to contact your family or friends outside the area.
As soon as possible, contact your family or friends outside the impact area to let them know your condition.
Stay tuned to local media and emergency officials.
This will be a critical time for information about ongoing threats, conditions, and sources of assistance. Continue to follow the advice of emergency officials at this time.
Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until notified.
Contamination of the water supply, particularly if you have an on-site well, is possible. Do not drink or prepare food with tap water, if functional, until notified by officials or until your well has been professionally inspected and tested. If there is low water pressure, refrain from bathing or using the water for any other purpose. Water supplies should be reserved for fire fighting.
Help your neighbors, but refrain from venturing too far.
Americans are very resilient and known for their willingness to help others after a disaster. Keep in mind that this may still be a very dangerous time. Refrain from venturing too far from your safe space until authorized by local officials. However, if you are able, check in on your neighbors and lend assistance, if possible. Be careful to not exceed your knowledge, skills and abilities. Many well-intentioned volunteers have been injured or killed conducting tasks they are not qualified to do.
Do not grill or operate gasoline-powered machinery indoors.
Carbon-monoxide poisoning sickens or kills many people long after the storm has passed. This is often the result of using generators, charcoal grills, or other gasoline-power equipment in poorly ventilated areas.
Stay out of flood waters.
Playing in flood waters might seem like fun. However, they are many hidden dangers present. There could be raw sewage, hazardous chemicals, bacteria, dangerous wildlife and underwater hazards that could severely injure or kill you.
Do Not Drive Through Flood Waters.
Turn around and don’t drown. There may be deeper water than you can see and holes may have opened up beneath the still waters. There may be hazardous materials that could damage your tires and they may even be unseen live electrical lines.
Refrain from using candles.
Using candles is very dangerous, for obvious reasons. Remember, the fire department may not be able to respond to put any fires out.