Before Hurricane Season (Begins June 1)
- Make a plan
- Will you stay at home during a storm?
- Will you evacuate? Where will you stay? With friends or relatives? In a motel? In a public shelter?
- Does anyone in your family have special needs during a storm? Medications? Portable Oxygen?
- Do you have pets? Where will they stay?
- Build your Disaster Supply Kit
- Sign up for Nixle to ensure your information is up-to-date
- Service chain saws, generators, and any other emergency equipment.
Tropical Disturbance: 4-7 days out
- Consider cancelling any plans, out-of-town trips, etc
- Make sure your Disaster Supply Kit is stocked
Alert / About 72 hours out
- Check culverts or ditches to make sure they are clear of debris.
- Inspect roof drains to ensure they are clear of debris.
Hurricane Watch/ About 48 hours out
- Secure trash cans, outdoor furniture, and other outdoor equipment.
- Prepare your home for high winds: brace the garage door, lower antennas, board or secure your windows.
- If you have a boat on a trailer, move it close to the house and fill with water.
- Fuel vehicles and generator (if applicable).
Hurricane Warning/ About 24-36 hours out
- Cover electronic equipment with trash bags or plastic. Ensure no electronic equipment is directly on the floor.
- Unplug all electronic equipment not being used.
- Provide for the security and protection of records.
- Move cars away from areas that flood or from under trees.
- Fill bath tubs or large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
- If an evacuation is ordered for your area, quickly but safely go to your chosen location, whether that is a public shelter or somewhere else.
- Take your hurricane kit with you.
During the Storm
- Stay indoors in an interior room or hallway; stay away from windows
- Monitor the radio, TV, or internet for information from official sources.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Do not call 911 unless you have a true emergency.
- Assess damage to home and make emergency/ safety repairs. Contact your insurance company.
- Check County Website for recovery information and available resources.
- Be aware of outdoor hazards, guard against spoiled food and water, and take extra fire precautions.
- If floodwaters rise, leave your home while the roads are still passable.