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.
 Information for this post was made in collaboration with Lowes for a severe weather guide.

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