Hurricanes are serious events and the best way to mitigate the damage that can be caused by one is to prepare. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. Whether it is your first time experiencing a hurricane or if you’ve managed through several storms, you never know what the next one will be like. Please check out the following steps to make sure your are ready for the next potential hurricane.
Make a Plan
Where will you go? What evacuation route will you take? What supplies, medications, and documents will you need? It’s important to sort all of these details out well before a storm approaches.
Prepare Your Shelter
- Build a disaster supplies kit of food, water, and other supplies for you and your family to last for at least 72 hours.
- Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones or weather radios.
- Learn about how to safely use generators.
- Fuel and service family vehicles.
- Make sure you have necessary supplies for your pets. Identify pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route.
- Buy plywood or other material to protect your home. Determine vulnerable areas of your home that may need reinforcement.
- Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don’t fly into your home. Check the Sanitation schedule for debris pickup.
- Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Bring in light-weight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture.
- Review your insurance policy or purchase insurance.
- Decide where to move your boat.
- Plan to leave if you live in a mobile home or manufactured home.
During the Storm
- Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
- Close all interior doors. Secure and brace exterior doors.
- Stay indoors and check for updates on the storm. Follow us on Facebook or check our Emergency Operations Page.
After the Storm
- Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
- Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, turn around.
- Stay on firm, dry ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
- Wear proper shoes to prevent cutting your feet on sharp debris.
- Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until officials say it is safe.
- Avoid electrocution by not walking in areas with downed power lines.
- Continue following us on social media or the Emergency Operations Page for updates.