18 Common Hurricane Myths and Mistakes that Get People Killed

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we saw a lot of video clips from people who, while we won’t call them idiots, were certainly doing a lot of stupid things.

Even the well-educated among us can make a lot of mistakes when it comes to hurricane preparation.

Hurricane Mistakes before It Hits

1. Not Evacuating in Time

Wishful thinking won’t help your chances of survival.  When the officials tell you to evacuate, you need to get out of dodge NOW.

2. Not Having a Bug Out Bag Packed

The faster you leave, the less likely you are to encounter traffic jams and make it to safety quickly.  Make sure you have a Bug Out Bag packed.  Don’t forget about emergency documents either.

3. Taping Windows

There is a common myth that you should tape your windows before a storm to prevent them from shattering.  But, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes taping windows is a terrible idea.

4. Not Securing Home

Want to be responsible for accidentally killing your neighbors when your patio furniture flies through their window and impales them?  Probably not. It is crucial that you take steps to prepare your home ahead of the hurricane.

5. Inadequate Emergency Supplies

Bottled water and non-perishable foods are obviously needed but don’t forget about other hurricane supplies like a bucket toilet, water purification system, and first aid kit.