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Hurricane Preparedness

The following suggestions for keeping yourself and your home prepared for the possibility of threatening weather conditions: Keep yourself informed of the latest weather.

  • Keep yourself informed of the latest weather.
  • Know where to go and who to contact if you should need to evacuate. Ensure your family has a plan. Locate the evacuation route that you will use and be knowledgeable about the nearest shelters. Don’t forget to have a plan for the family pet as well, most shelters do not allow pets.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed that could damage your home or your neighbors home. Maintain clean the rain gutters and downspouts. Have a plan to secure your exterior windows and any outdoor structures/furniture that could blow away during the storm. Install/ storm shutters if you have them!
  • Be equipped with tools to turn off gas and know if you need to turn off the water and electricity to outdoor equipment that could be flooded.
  • Keep your boat in a location where it can be easily secured during the threat of a storm.
  • Keep valuable information and documents protected in a waterproof pouch that you can grab if you need to evacuate (items such as identification, social security cards, birth certificates, cash, extra car and house keys - don’t forget your insurance policy information!).
  • Keep emergency equipment such as flashlights, generators and cell phones charged with extra batteries on hand. A hand crank radio/light/Cell charger can be very useful. Always keep your first aid kit stocked. Fill you bathtubs for a water supply for non-potable use as well as have bottled drinking water on-hand. Fill your vehicles with fuel if a storm is threating the area.


A few website links to provide additional resources include the following:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
http://www.lloyds.com/news-and-insight/hurricane-information/tips-to-prepare-for-a-hurricane

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