- Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for news about watches, warnings and information from your local electric power association.
- Have your storm supply kit ready to go.
- Plan an evacuation route if necessary. Contact local authorities for information about evacuation routes and shelters. Leave early. Always let someone out of state know what your evacuation plans are.
- Gather insurance information and check into flood insurance.
- If it looks as though water may enter your home, it’s a good idea to open the main breaker in your electrical breaker box in order to cut off power.
- Adjust the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings to keep your food fresh longer in case your lose power.
- Unplug appliances and electronic equipment.
- Turn off electricity and main water valve.
- Cover windows.
- Bring outdoor furniture inside.
- Lock your home.
Storm Supply Kit
- Water – at least one gallon daily per person for three to seven days
- Food – enough for each person for three to seven days
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
- Food for infants or elderly
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools/fuel
- Paper plates/plastic utensils
- Blankets/pillows, etc.
- Clothing – seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes
- First aid kit complete with prescription drugs
- Radio – Battery operated NOAA weather radio
- Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open after the storm
- Important documents – including insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, etc.
- Full tanks of gas in vehicles
- Toy, books and games
Don’t Forget Man’s Best Friend
Adding a few items to your hurricane kit can ensure your four-legged friends will weather the storm. Please remember that most shelters do not allow pets, so be sure to make other arrangements.
Pet care items to include in your hurricane kit:
- Proper identification
- Immunization records
- Ample supply of food and water
- Leash and Muzzle
- A picture of your pet
Check Insurance Before a Storm Threatens
- Check your homeowner’s policy to make sure it contains flood and wind coverage.
- Review coverage limits on your home and valuables to make sure they are fully covered.
- Determine whether the policy will pay for additional living expenses to cover the cost of hotel rooms and meals if necessary.
- Record an inventory of all personal belongings.