Staying Safe in Your Home During a Hurricane


This is an important message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you stay in your home through a hurricane, here are some key things you can do to protect yourself. Monitor the television or other means of communication for weather reports. Stay indoors until the storm is over. Seek shelter in a basement or in an interior room with no windows. Stay away from all windows and exterior doors. Evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor's home if your home is damaged or if emergency personnel instruct you to do so.

To learn more, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) or go to

For more information on preparing for hurricanes, visit the Hurricanes Preparedness page. For more information on preparing for emergencies if you have a disability or access and functional need, visit the ADA/FNSS page.