As Hurricane Michael Hits Florida, Experts Urge Safety
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As category 4 Hurricane Michael slammed into northern Florida on Wednesday, the National Safety Council offered residents steps to stay safe.
First, the council urges those in the storm's path to monitor its progress and heed government warnings.
It's vital to take a look at safety procedures you'll need during any severe weather. Families should have emergency plans and a safety kit handy.
In 2017, nearly 60,000 weather events caused almost 600 deaths and more than 4,200 injuries, the council said. Most of the deaths were due to flash floods, tropical storms and heat waves.
The council urges everyone to keep an emergency kit at home and in the car. Kits should have basic needs to sustain a family for at least 72 hours.
Your emergency plan should include several methods of evacuation and identify places to shelter. You should also make emergency contact lists in case families get separated. And learn how your town alerts residents when severe weather or a natural disaster is near.
Tips for staying safe in hurricanes include:
Tips for flash floods include:
Hurricane Michael as seen from the International Space Station
Visit the American Red Cross for more on hurricane safety.