KNOW WHAT HURRICANE WATCH AND WARNING MEANS
• WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.
• WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.
PREPARE A PERSONAL EVACUATION PLAN
One of the most important things to do ahead of time is identify where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places--a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
You should also keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your local area. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged. Make sure you listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
TAKE THESE ITEMS WITH YOU WHEN EVACUATING:
• Prescription medications and medical supplies;
• Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows
• Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight
• Car keys and maps
• Documents, including driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc..
MAKE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
• First aid kit and essential medications.
• Canned food and can opener.
• At least three gallons of water per person.
• Protective clothing, rain wear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
• Battery - powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
• Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
• Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you will need a professional to turn them back on)
PREPARE FOR HIGH WINDS
Before the wind speed gets too high, you should install the hurricane shutters on each window of your home.Pre-install the anchors for your shutter and have your hardware and installation instructions handy so that you can put them up quickly.
A good idea to keep in mind is to make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically remove the branches so that wind can blow through them.
KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED
Make sure you listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information. Be prepared to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. You should also prepare to cover all windows of your home. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended. Be sure to fill your car's gas tank, as gas may be in short supply once the storm has passed. If you live in a manufactured home, recheck your ties-downs. As part of your disaster suppy kit, check your batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.
KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED
Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so. Be sure to complete all necessary preparation activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Be aware that the calm "eye" is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds. Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over.You should always remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows. Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE IS OVER
Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for instructions. If you evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so. Once you get home, inspect your home for damage. Use flashlights in the dark; do not use candles. You never know what you might tumble upon.
Hurricanes affect many areas of daily routines. If you are not familiar with them, get a safety instructions of how to handle:
• Power Outage Safety
• Food Safety
• Chainsaw Safety
• Portable Generator Safety
• Water Treatment