Riding Out the Storm

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If you are riding out the storm in a single-family home, make sure you have a plan for the worst-case scenario. A blown-out window or garage door opening can create a serious hazard for the entire house. Changing air pressures can literally take the roof off a home.

Sandy’s wind speeds don’t seem to compare with those of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but the size and strength suggest it may rank among the worst US storms. Take steps now to secure doors and windows and tape large expanses of glass, particularly picture windows and patio doors. Keep window treatments closed and identify a safe room where the family can huddle in the event of a blow-out.

If your house becomes uninhabitable, wait for the eye of the storm to bring a brief lull, which might allow you to seek shelter with neighbors.

For more on hurricane preparedness, consider:

Waiting for Sandy
Be Prepared for Natural Disasters
Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Preparedness