Sometimes disasters strike without warning. You may be stuck in your home. Be ready by finding the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
- Move away from windows, glass, and breakable or loose objects. Beware of falling, flying, and sliding objects.
- Brace yourselves in a doorway or inside hallway, or slide under a sturdy table, desk, or bed.
- If you can’t move to a safer area, sit down where you are and protect your head and body with your arms, pillows, blankets, books, or any nearby object.
- In a flood, move to the highest point in your home.
- If flood waters are rising and you can’t evacuate, be sure to have flotation vests.
- In a hurricane, move to the center of the house, preferably to a small room opposite the direction from which the wind is blowing.
- Stay away from windows.
- Stay indoors and move to the basement, if there is one. Duck under the stairs or a heavy work table. Don’t stand under heavy appliances or furniture on the floor above.
- If there is no basement, go to a small room in the center of the house, on the ground floor. Get under a sturdy table, desk, or bed.
- Use a pillow, blanket, books, or your arms to protect yourself from wind-born debris.
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