Hurricane safety for runners is something with which I am exceptionally familiar. Having lived in Florida since 1994, hurricanes are just part of the territory. Of course, fitness doesn’t stop for storms, so let’s talk about how to safely get your miles in when these weather events come to town. (This post is an update from September 28, 2022)
Watch The Weather Reports
The best way to stay safe is to keep an eye on the weather. I like the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Tidbits, and Mike’s Weather Page. Things can change very quickly during tropical systems, so it’s important to know when the wind and rains are going to be in your area.
For those of us who really love to run inside, now is really the time to embrace treadmill running. Ugh, I know. But truly. When dealing with winds in excess of 40 mph, tornado warnings, flood warnings, and rain, it’s just better not to risk it. While the storm is overhead, stay indoors and protected.
Stay Out Of Standing Water
After the storm clears, the issue of standing water can be a factor. Sure, there are puddles, but some of those puddles can be full of hazards after a hurricane. Glass, sharp objects, and even snakes, can be positioned beneath the surface of seemingly innocent puddles, and it’s best to avoid them as best you can.
Watch For Power Lines
Downed power lines after a massive wind event are another risk factor. awhile we are in an area where most power lines are underground, we still do lose some. While they may look harmless, lines can be live, and absolutely pose a huge danger. Avoid them at all costs. Linespeople are the among the first to be deployed as soon as we get the all clear after a hurricane, and they are cleared fairly quickly.
Hydrate and Fuel Well
Florida is still hot this time of year, and hurricanes are notorious for taking out the power. It can be easy to get dehydrated or not eat as well as you normally might, while roughing it in the aftermath of the storm. Do your best to take care of yourself, get in your water, and stay fueled!
If you’re in Hurricane Idalia’s path, stay safe!
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