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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.

Initial Recovery

  • 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.


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