Hurricane Preparedness

Essential things to do to prepare for a hurricane:

  • 1. Stay Informed: Monitor local weather updates and warnings from reliable sources such as the National Hurricane Center or local meteorological agencies.
  • 2. Create a Plan: Develop a family emergency plan that includes evacuation routes, designated meeting points, and communication methods.
  • 3. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Assemble a well-stocked emergency kit with essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, and important documents.
  • 4. Secure Your Home: Reinforce windows and doors, trim trees and shrubs, and secure outdoor furniture or objects that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • 5. Evacuation Planning: Know your evacuation zone and have a plan in place for where you will go if ordered to evacuate. Arrange transportation if needed.
  • 6. Communication: Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to stay updated if power goes out. Also, ensure everyone in your household knows how to communicate and where to meet in case of separation.
  • 7. Protect Important Documents: Keep important documents such as passports, insurance papers, and identification in a waterproof container or digitally scanned in a secure location.
  • 8. Stay Connected: Share your plans with family and friends, and check on neighbors, especially those who may need assistance.
  • 9. Prepare Your Pets: Make arrangements for your pets, including food, water, medications, and a safe place to stay if you need to evacuate.
  • 10. Fuel and Transportation: Keep your vehicle fueled and ready to go, and consider having alternative transportation options if roads become impassable.

Remember, preparedness is key to staying safe during a hurricane. Take these steps well in advance of any storm to ensure you’re ready to handle whatever comes your way.