Be Prepared & Have a Plan
- Have a plan for you and your family.
- Know the hurricane risks in your area - learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
- Learn about local sheltering plans, including the location of official shelters.
- Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand.
- Have at least a one-week supply of medications on hand.
- Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, necessary to properly secure your home.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed of dead wood.
- Review your insurance policy.
- Determine where to move your boat in an emergency.
- Make plans noon what to do with your pets should you be required to evacuate your residence.
- Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor do most hotels/motels allow them.
- Individuals with special needs or others requiring more information should contact their County Emergency Management Office.
Have a Plan
- Contact your local National Weather Service office or Emergency Management office to learn what types of disasters could occur and how you should respond.
- Learn the warning signals and evacuation plans of your community.
- Know your community's sheltering plans.
- Know the Emergency Alert System radio and television stations in your area that will carry official information. Additionally, monitor National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio broadcasts, if possible.
Discuss with family members what they should do in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane or severe storm.
- Pick two places to meet:
- A spot outside your home for an emergency, such as a fire
- A place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
- Pick two places to meet:
- Designate an out-of-area friend or relative whom separated family members should call to report their whereabouts. Make certain all family members have the phone number.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Check your home and property for potential hazards to see what actions need to be taken to ensure your safety and to protect your belongings.
- Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Inventory household items with photographs.
- Install safety features in your residence such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
- Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity in your home.
Determine if your family has any special needs and develop a plan for meeting those needs.
- For example: If you have a family member on a life-support system, does your electric utility know about it?
- Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.
- Teach all family members, including children, how and when to call 911 or your local emergency medical services (EMS) phone number.