What to do during a Hurricane

If a hurricane is threatening, there are numerous safety tips that should be followed.

  1. Listen for information and instructions on radio or television newscasts. If a hurricane watch is issued, you have 24 to 36 hours before the hurricane hits land. A hurricane warning means that hurricane winds and storm tides are expected in a specific coastal area within 24 hours.
  2. Get together with family members to talk about what needs to be done.
  3. Make sure everyone knows where to meet and who to call, in case you are separated from one another. Consider the needs of relatives and neighbors with special needs.
  4. Secure your home and close storm shutters.
  5. Secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  6. Moor your boat if time permits.
  7. Gather several days supply of water and food for each family member.
  8. Water systems may become contaminated or damaged.
  9. Sterilize and fill the bathtub to ensure a supply of safe water.
  10. Make arrangements for pets ahead of time. Pets may not be allowed into public shelters for health reasons. Contact your local humane society for additional information.
  11. Prepare supplies and a car kit in case of evacuation.
  12. Fuel your car in advance in case service stations may be closed during and after the storm.
  13. Review the evacuation routes. If instructed, turn off utilities at the main valves.
  14. Evacuate to an inland location, if:

When authorities order an evacuation:



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