Watches & Warnings

The National Weather Service issues hurricane advisories as soon as a hurricane appears to be a threat.

Hurricane Watch
A hurricane watch is when a hurricane is possible within 24 to 36 hours. During a hurricane watch:
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports
  • Check emergency supplies
  • Fuel car and purchase fuel for your generator, if you have one
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools. Securely anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Remove outside antennas
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, and bottles
  • Review evacuation plan.
  • Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tie downs to anchor trailer to the ground or house
Board Up Windows
Secure buildings by closing and boarding up 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
  • Drill holes every 18 inches for screws
Freezer & Refrigerator Preparation
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings
  • Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly
  • To minimize the number of time you open the refrigerator and freezer, post a list of contents on the front
Hurricane Warning
A hurricane warning is when a hurricane will hit land within 24 hours. During a hurricane warning:
  • Constantly listen to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs and evacuate immediately
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home
  • Avoid elevators
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors
Electric Outage Preparation
Keel the following information in mind during a hurricane warning:
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • Avoid using open flames such as candles and kerosene lamps as a source of light
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce a power "surge" when electricity is restored
Evacuation Instructions
If officials indicate evacuation is necessary, remember to do the following:
  • Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed out bridges
  • Secure your home. Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve
  • Tell someone outside the storm area where you are going
  • Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing
  • Lock up your home and leave