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What To Do Before a Hurricane

5/25/2022 (Permalink)


  • If advised to evacuate, know where you will go and how you will get there.
  • Plan before hand if you need help with transportation.
  • Mobile, manufactured, trailer homes and recreational vehicles are not safe in high wind events.


  • Prepare to live without power, water, gas, phones, and internet for an extended period.
  • Practice going to a designated safe shelter for high winds. The best shelter would be a small room with no windows on the lowest level that is least likely to flood.
  • Flooding can happen quickly, so be prepared to evacuate fast if needed.

Stay Connected

  • Sign up for free emergency alerts for your local government and monitor the local news and weather.
  • Have a backup battery or a way to charge your cellphone.
  • Have a battery powered radio in case of a power outage.
  • Understand the difference in alerts-
    • A WATCH means be prepared
    • A WARNING means take action
  • Plan for electrical needs including medical equipment. Talk to your doctor and plan for backup power.

Emergency Supplies

  • Gather food, medicine, and water. Stores and pharmacies may be closed and create and Go-Kit and Stay-at-Home Kit.
  • Go-Kit: At least 3 days of supplies you can carry with you. Include backup batteries and chargers for devices. (Cell phones, CPAP, wheelchair, etc.)
  • Stay-at-Home Kit: At least 2 weeks of supplies.
  • Have a 1-month supply of medicine and medical supplies in a childproof container.
  • Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe and easy to access (hard copies or securely backed up on a form of technology). Consider keeping a card with medical information and dosages.

Protect your Home


  • Secure or bring inside outdoor items like lawn furniture, trashcans, and anything that can be picked up by wind and hurt someone.
  • Anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills and propane tanks.
  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or sheeting.


  • Clean our drains, gutters, and downspouts.
  • Stockpile protective materials like sandbags and plastic sheeting.
  • Consider elevating heating systems, water heaters, and electric panels.
  • Review insurance policies with your agency.

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