As Hurricane Matthew rages on through several islands and countries, people have died and properties worth millions of dollars have been damaged. If you are caught up in the storm or you are in line to be hit, according to the restoration professionals from the Disaster Cleanup Network there are several things that you can do to protect yourself from the storm.
• If you live in a low lying area, it is best to evacuate as soon as possible and move to higher lying areas. You could move to shelters that have been set up by the government or aid agencies in preparation for the storm. If you have not moved to a shelter yet, it is best to identify a shelter close to you that you could move to if there is need to. You should also know how you are going to get there and which route you are going to use.
• Avoid going out to sea until the storm passes. All fishermen should refrain from fishing activities and evacuate to mainland areas that are high lying. If you were planning on going for a cruise, it is best to hold out until the storm passes.
• It is best to stock up on supplies in case you have to stay indoors for quite some time. Make sure to stock up on essential foods and clean drinking water that can last a couple of days. Stock up also on kerosene and candles in case of any power blackouts, which could be caused by trees or heavy objects falling on power lines or as a result of power grids being shut off if storm conditions deteriorate.
• Board up your home and use sandbags to protect your property against flooding. If you will be leaving to go to a shelter or to move to another place until the storm is over, lock up your home securely to minimize chances of unauthorized access into your home by intruders.
• Schools and government offices in most places will remain closed, so it is best to stay indoors. Keep your children indoors or make sure that you do not let them go out unaccompanied by an adult.
• Do not ignore any official alerts and warnings issued by the government. If you are in a danger zone, it is best to heed the warnings given and take the necessary precautionary measures. It is good to react in good time since if you wait for too long, it could be too late to evacuate and it may take a long time for you to get the help that you need after the storm hits.