Prepare Your Home

Staying Prepared

Here is a list of the many things to consider before, during and after a hurricane. Some of the safety rules will make things easier for you during a hurricane. All are important and could help save your life and the lives of others.

Stay or Leave

When a hurricane threatens your area, you will have to make the decision whether you should evacuate or whether you can ride out the storm in safety at home. If local authorities recommend evacuation, you should leave! Their advice is based on knowledge of the strength of the storm and its potential for death and destruction.

In general:

  • At Beginning of Hurricane Season (June) Make Plans for Action
  • Check for loose rain gutters and down spouts
  • Determine where to move your boat in an emergency
  • If shutters do not protect windows stock boards to cover glass.
  • If you live near a river or in a flood plain, plan to leave.
  • If you live on high ground, away from coastal beaches, consider staying. In any case, the ultimate decision to stay or leave will be yours. Study the following list and carefully consider the factors involved especially the items pertaining to storm surge.
  • If you live on the coastline or offshore islands, plan to leave.
  • Learn location of official shelters
  • Learn safe routes inland
  • Learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area
  • Trim back dead wood from trees
  • When a hurricane watch is issued for your area

Read more about preparing for hurricanes (PDF).

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