Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, hight winds and tornadoes.

Know the Difference:

Hurricane Watch — Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours.
Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning
is issued.

Hurricane Warning — Hurricane conditions are expected within 36
hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to
do so by authorities.


Hurricane Safety Checklist

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

What should I do?

What supplies do I need?

What do I do after a hurricane?

Listen to a NOAAWeather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day Continue listening to a NOAAWeather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
Check your disaster supplies and
replace or restock as needed.
Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture). Extra clothing, hat, rain gear, Emergency blanket and sturdy shoes If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood. Flashlight and Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible) Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the
coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
Insect repellent and sunscreen Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
Turn off propane tanks and unplug
small appliances.
First aid kit Stay out of any building that has water around it.
Fill your car’s gas tank. Medications (7-day supply) and medical
items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.  Planning and practicing your  evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. Multi-purpose tool, tools and supplies for securing your home Use flashlights in the dark. DO NOT use candles.
Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Sanitation and personal hygiene items Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be
careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth
certificates, insurance policies)
Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
Because standard homeowners
insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s
important to have protection from the
floods associated with hurricanes,
tropical storms, heavy rains and other
conditions that impact the U.S. For
more information on flood insurance,
please visit the National Flood
Insurance ProgramWeb site at
www.FloodSmart.gov.
Family and emergency contact information, cell phone with chargers and extra batteries Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  Extra cash Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  Extra set of car keys and house keys, map(s) of the area  
  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)  

Source: Red Cross - Be Red Cross Ready

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