With Hurricane season approaching, it is a good time to start reviewing and getting familiar with some of the common safety and preparedness facts to keep you safe!
Before the Hurricane Season
- Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
- Learn location of ofﬁcial shelters.
- Make emergency plans for pets. Check emergency equipment, such as ﬂashlights, generators and battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and cell phones.
- Buy food that will keep and store drinking water.
- Buy plywood or other material to protect your home.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Trim trees and shrubbery.
- Decide where to move your boat in an emergency. Review your insurance policy.
During the Storm
When in a Watch area…
- Listen frequently to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for bulletins of a storm’s progress.
- Fuel and service your vehicles.
- Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs.
- Board up windows in case the storm moves quickly and you have to evacuate.
- Stock up on batteries, food that will keep, ﬁrst aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
- Store lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
- Have cash on hand in case power goes out and ATMs
Close storm shutters.
Follow instructions issued by local ofﬁcials. Leave immediately if ordered!
If evacuating, leave as soon as possible. Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland motel or at a designated public shelter outside the ﬂood zone.
DO NOT stay in a mobile or manufactured home.
Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by the handicapped. Identify pet-friendly motels along your evacuation route.