Hurricane Preparedness -- What Now?
Decide where you plan to go if you are requested to evacuate. You may go to a hotel or motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to a Red Cross shelter.
Put together your disaster supplies kit.
Plan for pets. Pets are not allowed in public shelters. If you need to make arrangements for your pet, contact your vet, local SPCA or Humane Society.
When The Storm Approaches
Listen for weather updates. Hurricanes are unpredictable, so remain informed.
Have your car ready. Check gas, oil, water and maintenance.
Check your emergency evacuation supplies.
Board up or put storm shutters on windows.
When windows break, homes are destroyed.
Clear your yard of loose objects, bicycles, lawn furniture, trash cans, etc.
Secure your boat. Remember that most drawbridges and swing bridges will be closed to all boat traffic after the evacuation order is issued.
Leave swimming pools filled. Super-chlorinate the water and cover pump and filtration systems and intakes.
If A Warning Has Been Issued
In the event of a hurricane warning for this area, your local TV will provide frequent updates about the storm as well as advice from local officials. Keep listening to local radio and television for information, as the intensity and the path of the hurricane can change quickly, and without notice.
After A Storm
Have valid identification. You will not be allowed back into your area unless you can show proof of residency.
Stay at home and avoid sightseeing, which can impede emergency and recovery response from officials.
Beware of snakes, insects and animals driven to higher ground.
Avoid downed or dangling utility wires.
Be cautious with fires. Do not strike matches until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
If a power outage occurs, turn off or disconnect all motordriven appliances and fixtures to avoid damage from sudden surges when power is restored.
Avoid using candles, as they may result in fire. Use a flashlight.
Fill clean containers with water for drinking and cooking.
Turn the refrigerator and freezer controls to the coldest settings. To keep spoiling and thawing of food to a minimum, open the refrigerator or freezer as seldom as possible during a blackout. Food will stay frozen for up to 48 hours if a freezer is full and tightly packed and the door is kept closed. Food in a partly filled freezer may keep for 24 hours.
If food in freezer does defrost, use it within one or two days. Never refreeze food that has thawed completely. How do you tell if food has gone bad? The rule of thumb is, "If in doubt, throw it out!"