Severe Weather: What to do for a Hurricane
Hurricanes can change direction and intensity very quickly. Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for updates.
Watch the news if there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24 to 36 hours.
- Listen to radio or watch TV for weather updates.
- Locate Storm Readiness Kit. Click here to learn what to include and how to prepare your own.
- Gas up your vehicle, in case of an evacuation notice.
- Fill gas containers for generator. Store in a safe place. Learn more about emergency generators here.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools, and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside. Learn how to prepare your yard here.
- Clear your yard of debris.
- Review evacuation plans.
- Install storm protection devices such as shutters. Brace entry doors and garage doors.
- Anchor your boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Learn how here.
Hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.
- Listen to radio or watch TV for weather updates and official instructions.
- Store water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils. If water service is cut off you can use this stored water for hygiene.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings to keep stored food fresh longer if power is knocked out. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
- Keep flashlights and extra batteries handy. Store in dry areas or containers.
- If power is lost, unplug appliances, TVs, stereos and computers to reduce potential damage from a power surge when electricity is restored.
- If in a mobile or manufactured home, check tie-downs and evacuate immediately.
If an evacuation notice is given for your area:
- Gather insurance documents and prescription medications and add them to your Storm Kit.
- Protect your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve. Do not turn off natural gas unless local officials advise it.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going and the route you are likely to take.
- If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding, or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
- Lock up your home, grab your Emergency Car Kit and evacuate.