Severe Weather

Severe Weather & Your Health 

Extreme weather patterns carry a wide range of implications regarding human populations. In addition to the high potential for injuries and deaths during hurricanes, floods, and other weather-related disasters, it's important to know the additional health risks associated with extreme weather conditions.

A variety of weather situations can have an impact of an outdoor event. Please consult this checklist to see if there are things you need to consider for your event to keep your attendees safe and healthy.

  1. Hurricanes
  2. Extreme Heat
  3. Extreme Cold
  4. Floods
  5. Additional Health & Safety Concerns

Hurricanessatellite photo of a hurricane over water

Hurricanes can cause damage to coastlines, as well as up to several hundred miles in-land. Hurricanes can also produce winds in excess of 155 miles per hour, tornadoes, microbursts, heavy rain, and thunderstorms. Flooding and debris from forceful winds are often the deadly and destructive results of a Hurricane.  It is vital to understand your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.  

Here is your checklist of things to do BEFORE a hurricane:

 DURING a hurricane:

  • Stay tuned in to radio and TV stations for official weather information.
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials.  Leave immediately if ordered!
  • If NOT ordered to evacuate:
    • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet of hallway on the lowest level during the storm.  Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.
    • Stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
    • If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force winds coming from the opposite direction.

AFTER a hurricane:

  • Continue listening for the latest updates regarding extended rainfall and subsequent flooding after the hurricane has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Once home, drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.  If you must go out, watch for fallen objects in the road, downed electrical wires, and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks that might collapse.
  • Walk carefully round the outside of your home to check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain around the building, if the building or home was damaged by fire, or if the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms in areas dealing with power outages.  Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights. Do NOT use candles.  Turn on your flashlight before entering a vacated building.  The battery could produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.