Hurricane Preparations

Preparations Before the Storm

If a Hurricane Watch is issued:

Know Your Evacuation Zone!

  • Check often for official bulletins on WPDE ABC15 News or
  • Know the types of storms
  • Learn about Storm Surge
  • Know your evacuation route
  • Fuel car
  • Check mobile home tie downs
  • Move boats to safe shelter
  • Make sure you have the items in your Hurricane Supply Kit
  • Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors
  • Shutter or board windows
  • Have a family emergency plan
  • Find a shelter

If a Hurricane Warning is issued:

Know Your Evacuation Zone!

  • Stay home if sturdy and on high ground.
  • Protect your home
  • Know the Saffir-Simpson scale
  • Learn about Storm Surge
  • Know your evacuation route
  • Board up garage and porch doors
  • Move valuables to upper floors
  • Bring in your pets
  • Fill containers with drinking water
  • Turn up refrigerator to maximum cool. Do not open unless necessary
  • Use phone only if necessary
  • Have a family emergency plan
  • Find a shelter
  • Make a list of evacuation routes

Important Items to have during a Hurricane:

  • Canned meats, fish, soups, fruits and vegetables canned juices, dried fruit, bread, cookies, crackers, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and tea
  • Bottled water (2 week supply of one gallon per person per day) cash
  • Charcoal and ice, manual can opener
  • Prescription medication (2 week supply), water purification kit
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils, infant care items (disposable diapers, baby formula and food)
  • First aid book and supplies, masking tape
  • Flashlight or lantern with extra batteries for each family member
  • Battery operated radio and/or tv non-electric clock
  • Mosquito repellant, ice chest
  • Plastic trash bags, chlorinated bleach
  • Fire extinguisher, clean up supplies
  • Toilet paper, paper towels and pre-moistened towelettes

During the Storm:

  • If you're not ordered to evacuate, get into a safe room away from windows
  • If electricity goes out, use flashlights candles can start fires
  • Have a supply kit
  • Do not cook during the storm. A gust of wind could spread a fire and the fire department would not be able to help you!
  • BEWARE OF THE EYE OF THE STORM. Rain and wind may stop for a few minutes to a half hour. DON'T BE FOOLED. Rain and winds can suddenly pick up from the opposite direction
  • Be aware of flooding risk

After the Storm:

  • Stay tuned to WPDE ABC15 News and for the latest information.
  • Wait for the "all clear" before venturing outdoors
  • Stay away from dangling power lines
  • Report broken or damaged water, sewer or electrical lines to proper authorities
  • Use only water that has been stored in bottles or declared safe by public officials
  • Don't eat food opened or contaminated in any way by the storm
  • Make temporary repairs as soon as possible to keep further damage from occurring
  • Notify your insurance company immediately of property damage
  • Be patient! Local, state and federal officials will work around the clock to help residents with cleanup.
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