BEFORE HURRICANE SEASON:
-Develop or review a family hurricane safety plan.
-Learn safe routes inland.
-Find out where official shelters are located.
-Ensure that you have enough nonperishable food and water on hand.
IF A HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED:
-Prepare to cover all windows and doors, preferably with plywood.
-Prepare disaster supply kit (see below).
-Move lightweight objects inside.
-Fuel and service family vehicles.
-Have extra cash on hand.
IF A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED:
-Complete preparation activities.
-Follow instructions issued by local officials.
-If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
-Leave mobile homes.
-Notify family living outside the warned area of your plans.
-Fill the bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
-Turn off propane tanks.
-Unplug small appliances.
DURING A STORM:
-Stay away from windows and doors (even if boarded).
-Move to a small interior room on the first floor.
AFTER A STORM:
-Wait until an area is declared safe before returning.
-Do not drive into flooded roadways.
-Do not allow children to play in flooded areas.
-Use flashlights (not candles) for emergency lighting.
-Beware of downed power lines that may be electrically charged.
-Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
DISASTER SUPPLY KIT:
-3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
-Food that won’t spoil (canned and dried goods)
-First aid kit
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-Extra set of clothing and shoes for each person
-One blanket or sleeping bag per person
-Hand (manual) can opener
-Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
In addition, have the following readily available and sealed in a moisture-proof package:
-Valuable papers (insurance)
-Extra money or a credit card.