Family Plan and Preparation

Before A Storm
  • Review your family plan or create one.
  • Review your insurance coverage
  • Clear loose and/or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed of deadwood.
  • Learn safe routes inland.
  • Learn locations of official shelters.
  • Store plywood cut to windows, check existing shutters or purchase hurricane shutters. Find out about retrofitting your home.
  • Inventory Must-Have Supplies.
  • Check manufactured home tie downs.
When a Hurricane Watch is Issued
  • Check often for official bulletins from your local media outlet, radio or NOAA radio.
  • Activate your family plan. Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (i.e. securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.)
  • Fill gas tank in car. Moor small craft or move to safe shelter.
  • Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors (or bring inside.)
  • Board or shutter windows to prevent shattering.
  • Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting from their tracks.

When a Hurricane Warning is Issued

  • Stay tuned to official bulletins from your local media outlet, radio or NOAA radio.
  • Use your family plan. Determine the safest place to be.

If not evacuating:

  • Know your safe room.
  • Move valuables to upper floors. Bring in pets.
  • Fill containers and/or bathtub with drinking water.
  • Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and don't open unless necessary.
  • Use phone only for emergencies.
  • Stay indoors on the downwind side of house away from windows.

If evacuating:

  • Check with your city or county Office of Emergency Management, and your local media outlet to see if you need to evacuate. If you do, decide if your family can stay with friends or relatives outside evacuation zones who live in a hurricane-safe house.
  • Leave early, in daylight if possible to avoid traffic and darkness.
  • Shut off water and electricity at main stations.
  • Lock up house.
  • Drive carefully to nearest designated shelter using recommended evacuation routes.

Last Resort Evacuation

A shelter should be your last resort. Do not go until you hear from officials that the specific shelter has opened.

Be sure to bring:

  • Pillows and blankets.
  • Food, water and prescription medicines.
  • Small toys, games and books for young children.

Note: pets, alcohol and firearms are not allowed.