Preparedness

Before Hurricane Season
Read the helpful tips of things to do before hurricane season:
  • Trim back dead or weak branches from trees
  • Research flood insurance. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective. Homeowners polices do not automatically cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane
  • Plan an evacuation route
  • Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place
  • Make arrangements for pets

Emergency Communication Plan
Family members may be separated from one another during a disaster. Develop an emergency communication plan:
  • Have a plan for getting back together
  • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance
  • Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of out-of-state contact person
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 as well as the police and fire departments
  • Teach children which radio station to tune to for emergency information
Disaster Supplies
Have disaster supplies on hand:
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Current prescriptions and medicines
  • Emergency food and water
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Flashlight
  • Gasoline for car
  • Gasoline for generator, if necessary
  • Portable, battery-operated radio
  • Sturdy shoes
Preparing Your House
Make sure that all family members know how to prepare your house for a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off:
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
Protect Your Windows
Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2-inch plywood (marine plywood is best) cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws.

Storm Names

Listen to / watch local news coverage for important instructions.