Have a Plan

You need to formulate a plan for before, during, and after a hurricane. Make sure that you review your plan with your family.

Before the Hurricane

  • Purchase all the food and water you will need to ride out a storm. Have it stored and ready for an emergency.
  • Make sure you have all other supplies and tools you may need.
  • Make sure you have enough supplies for your baby or child.
  • Make sure you have all the supplies and food you will need for a pet. Also, make prior arrangements to board your pet with a kennel, friend, or family member in case you have to evacuate to an emergency shelter. They will not accept pets.
  • Prepare your home. Make it storm proof.
  • Have an evacuation plan. Know to where you will evacuate if you must, and make prior arrangement, i.e., registering with the evacuation site.
  • Fill up your car with gas. Acquiring fuel after a hurricane may be difficult.
  • Make sure you have enough cash to get you through a few days. Accessing your money at the bank may be difficult after a hurricane.
  • Have a first aid kit.
  • Have emergency lighting: flashlights (extra batteries).
  • Turn refrigerators and freezers to highest settings.
  • Call family or friends and let them know what your plans are.
  • Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
  • Make sure your battery operated radio works (extra batteries).

During the Hurricane

  • If you are staying at your home, take shelter in a room or closet located in the center of your home.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Stay calm; storms can take several hours to pass.
  • Monitor the storm via battery operated radio.

After the Hurricane

  • Assess your situation. Check for damage around your house.
  • If there are downed power lines, do not go near them.
  • Stay on firm ground, and avoid flooded areas. Flooded areas can have hidden dangers, including charged power lines. Also, moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Drive only if you must.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Call to report emergencies.
  • Beware of animals, snakes, and insects that have sought shelter on higher and drier ground.
  • If you evacuated your home, be very cautious when returning.
  • Do not use tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
  • Monitor the news to receive any pertinent public information.