Make your hurricane plan with your household:

  • Create a Hurricane Kit - include water, food, valuable documents, cash, bedding, first aid kit, first aid manual and things you will need for self-sufficiency.
  • It is highly RECOMMENDED that residents have 7 days of supplies available. The national standard is actually 72 hours but as we saw in the aftermath of hurricane Wilma, we actually need more than that.
  • Make an inventory of possessions - Take pictures of each room; in case of damage, pictures will help you identify what is lost. Make an additional copy to give to your insurance claims adjuster.
  • Assess the status of your storm preparations. Know where you'll go if you evacuate.
  • Figure Out Arrangements for Pets - they're not permitted in evacuation shelters.

Hurricane Watch

  • Begin listening for storm updates
  • Fill the car's gas tank and keep it topped off
  • Review your preparedness plan with your household
  • Establish out-of-town phone number with family/friends to relay messages on after storm whereabouts
  • Refill pending prescriptions
  • Fill out supply of canned foods, soft drinks and water
  • In a rugged, waterproof container, collect medical and property insurance papers, immunization records and medical records of anyone with special needs. Include a few cherished mementos
  • Secure boats on trailers or move them to safe harbor
  • Determine your ''safe room'' or a room that is away from windows and has walls close together
  • Put shutters, window protection in place if instructed by local officials
  • Do not trim branches or limbs from trees
  • Locate the turnoff valves for electricity, water and gas

Hurricane Warning

  • Fill bathtubs and jugs with water. Figure on using a gallon of water per person per day (don't forget pets)
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer settings to the coldest levels
  • Freeze water in plastic containers
  • Bring in any outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds
  • Remove external antennas
  • Remove valuable pictures and bric-a-brac from walls
  • Wedge sliding glass doors with a bar
  • Draw drapes and blinds
  • Turn off electricity to the pool and cover the pump equipment with waterproof material
  • Remove and store child safety fences
  • Gather your hurricane kit and stay in your safer room - essentials for the room include your hurricane kit, sturdy shoes, something to cover your head such as a pillow or mattress and a fire extinguisher