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Hurricane Safety Tips

Terms to Know

Hurricane Watch: issued when hurricane conditions are a real possibility for an area.

Hurricane Warning: issued when a hurricane is expected within 24 hours. BEGIN PRECAUTIONARY ACTION AT ONCE.

Act Now to be Prepared

  • Develop a family plan for survival and property protection.
  • If your residence is in a potential flood or storm surge zone, be prepared to evacuate when officials recommend it.
  • Stay away from the incident site to minimize the risk of contamination.
  • Make arrangements now for elderly and others with special needs such as those who depend on electrical life support.
  • Identify a friend or family member, from a non-threatened area, that you will keep informed about your family's plans.
  • Plan what you will do with your pet.
  • Inventory personal property; safely secure all records and valuable documents in a watertight place.
  • Have materials available to protect your doors and windows.
  • Have emergency cash or traveler's checks saved.
  • If your job requires you to work during a storm, make sure now that at least one adult will be with the children, elderly or those with special needs.
  • Put together a family hurricane evacuation kit.

Hurricane Warning

  • Listen for weather updates and stay informed.
  • Keep a portable radio and flashlight on had - with fresh batteries.
  • Re-check all emergency supplies and equipment.
  • Clear your yard of all loose objects.
  • Moor your boat securely.
  • Store drinking water in clean containers.
  • Shutter, board or tape all windows.
  • Plan a flood-free evacuation route, and know where to go.
  • If ordered to evacuate - comply immediately! Take your Hurricane Evacuation Kit. Let your friends, family know where you are going.
    • No smoking, alcoholic beverages, weapons or pets are allowed in public shelters.

Hurricane Evacuation Kit

Keep a kit ready to go within hours. Include battery-operated radio and flashlight, plus the following:

  • First aid kit.
  • Two-week supply of medicine.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Extra clothing, infant necessities.
  • Personal items including books and toys.
  • Important papers (valid ID).
  • Checkbook, cash, credit card, ATM cards.
  • See Emergency Supplies Checklist.

After the Storm

Do not enter evacuated areas until local officials have issued an all clear.

  • Stay away from disaster areas. Do not sightsee!
  • Obey all curfews and emergency orders that are issued.
  • If you must drive, use caution. Be aware of road and bridge washouts, and storm debris on roadways.
  • Advise interested parties that you are safe.
  • Use caution when using food from your refrigerator or ice chest. Check for spoilage.
  • Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
  • Take extra precautions to prevent fire. Lowered pressure in water mains may make fire fighting extremely difficult.
  • Have your electric, gas, and water connections checked before turning them back on.
  • Use your emergency supply or boil water before using until there is official word that the water is safe.
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