Hurricane Myth #4: A mobile home that has tie downs is a safe place to ride out a storm.
Whether a mobile home is tied down or not, it is NEVER a safe place to ride out a hurricane. The general rule is that if a mandatory evacuation is ordered, ALL mobile home residents should head for a shelter.
Hurricane Myth #3: You should crack the windows during a hurricane or tornado.
A common belief is that opening a window will equalize the pressure and keep your house from exploding during a storm, but studies show that the best way to keep your home safe is to keep the wind out.
While no house is airtight, boarding and shuttering up windows and doors is the best protection during a hurricane, especially from flying debris.
Hurricane Myth #2: Taping up windows will prevent them from breaking.
Tape does little to protect your windows from being destroyed by flying debris. And if they don’t break, the tape will have to be scraped off after the storm.
The best protection is to cover the windows with 5/8” plywood or special hurricane shutters.
Hurricane Paths since 1851, National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Myth #1: It will never happen here.
While the path of a hurricane can be hard to predict, nowhere on the Gulf or East Coast is immune as this map from the National Hurricane center illustrates. The best way to protect your life and property is to plan ahead BEFORE a storm forms then heed the warnings and advice of your local emergency management agency.
And don’t forget, even if you live inland, it CAN happen to you, too!