Do you have a plan in place in case of a weather emergency? Do you know what you  hurricane? The Weather Channel has come up with a list of what to do when preparing  for, during and after a hurricane.


Although there is an advance warning period, be aware that hurricanes can change direction, speed and intensity quickly. Make a plan to prepare and protect the people and things you value before severe weather strikes.

  • Create a written emergency preparedness and action plan for your family and business.
  • Visit your insurance agent now. Review insurance coverage for your home and business. Determine your flood insurance eligibility – homeowners insurance typically does not cover flood damage.
  • Buy plywood or shutters for protecting windows. Trim trees to lessen flying debris.
  • Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone by contacting your local emergency management office. Make an evacuation plan if you live in an area vulnerable to storm surge or fresh water flooding.
  • Identify the evacuation route you will use if told to evacuate. Determine the nearest low-rise building outside of flood zones where you can evacuate – an official public shelter, a hotel, or a friend’s or relative’s home. Find out if where you’re going will accept pets.
  • Identify two places where family members can meet if separated: one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood.
  • Obtain emergency supplies, including at least a 3-day supply of water (a gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food.
  • Test emergency equipment such as generators and flashlights.
  • Decide where you will store your boat during a tropical storm or hurricane, and factor into your action plan the time to move it to storage.

If a watch is issued:

  • Fill vehicles with gas.
  • Get extra cash.
  • Fill prescriptions.
  • For mobile homes, secure tie-downs and prepare to evacuate when ordered.
  • Bring in loose objects from outside.

If a warning is issued:

  • Secure all windows with shutters or plywood.
  • Place valuables and important papers in a waterproof container and store on highest floor of home.

If you are advised or ordered to evacuate:

  • Follow all directions and orders from local officials, and leave immediately when instructed to do so.
  • Bring emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, medicines, food, water, formula and diapers, toiletries, cell phones, radios, and batteries.
  • Bring extra cash and copies of important papers such as insurance policies.
  • Bring blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games.
  • Unplug appliances, turn off utilities such as electricity and the main water valve.
  • Lock windows and doors of your home.

If you are not told to evacuate:

  • Stay at home! Leave the roads available for those who must evacuate.
  • Clean bathtub with bleach, fill with water for washing and flushing (not drinking).
  • Set fridge to maximum cold and keep closed.
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so by local officials.

During the storm:

  • Go to an interior room and stay away from windows and doors, even though they’re covered.
  • During very strong winds, lie under something sturdy.
  • Do not go outside, including during passage of the eye.

After the storm:

  • First responders may be delayed in reaching your community or impacted area for a prolonged period.
  • Avoid roads covered by water and/or debris, and avoid downed power lines.
  • Only use a generator in a well-ventilated area and adhere to all manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles.

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