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Hurricane Preparation: What to Do Before & During a Storm

People often feel powerless when natural disasters like hurricanes strike, but if you’re armed with knowledge ahead of time, you’ll be fully prepared before, during and after the storm.

What to do Before a Storm:

Plan your family’s evacuation route and have an emergency plan.
Having a plan is the first step to staying safe. Determine where you will go and how you will get there. Learn hurricane evacuation routes and the locations of local shelters. Don’t forget to include pets as part of the plan.

Create an emergency supply kit.
Include bottled water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, and first aid supplies. A basic disaster kit should include a gallon of water per person for at least three days, a three-day supply of food, a battery-powered weather radio, cash, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a whistle, dust masks, moist towelettes, a wrench, maps, a can opener and cell phone chargers. See the full list of supplies here.

Secure your property to help minimize potential of damage due to the extreme weather.

  • Secure your property by tying down any freestanding outdoor items. Reinforce your garage doors.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to improve their wind resistance.
  • Inventory your belongings with this checklist and keep valuable belongings in a waterproof pouch, including documents and photos.

What to do During a Storm

Pay close attention to hurricane alerts.
Know the difference between a hurricane watch (hurricane-type conditions are likely in your area) and a hurricane warning (a hurricane is expected within 24 hours.)

Evacuate if at all possible.
Use the evacuation plan you’ve already prepared, and leave early and during daylight hours.

Stay calm.

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