What To Do In Case of a Hurricane
- Know the terms used by weather forecasters.
- HURRICANE WATCH - A hurricane is possible within 36 hours. Stay tuned for additional advisories.
- HURRICANE WARNING - A hurricane is expected within 24 hours. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Listen for local radio or television weather forecasts. Purchase a NOAA weather radio with warning alarm tone and battery back-up.
- Learn evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Talk to your family about hurricanes. Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated from one another in a disaster. Choose an out-of-state contact for everyone to call to say they are okay.
- Determine the needs of family members who may live elsewhere but need your help in a hurricane. Consider the special needs of neighbors.
- Prepare to survive on your own for at least three days. Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Include a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing and food and water.
- Make plans to protect your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8" marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating and air-conditioning system works.
- Have your home inspected for compliance with local building codes. Many of the roofs destroyed by hurricanes were destroyed because they were not constructed according to building codes.
- Consider flood insurance.
- Make a record of your personal property. Take photographs of or videotape your belongings.