Hurricane Preparation and Safety Tips

Prepare for High Winds

  • Install hurricane shutters for each window. Install anchors for the plywood and predrilled holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly.
  • Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseases and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit including items such as a first aid kit, canned food, water and battery operated radio.
  • Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate.

Know what to do when a Hurricane Watch is issued

  • Listen to the radio or TV station for up-to-date storm information.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.

Know what to do when a Hurricane Warning is issued

  • Listen to the advice of state officials and leave if they tell you to do so.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be aware of the calm of the “eye” it is deceptive; the storm is not over.
  • Stay away from flood waters.

Know what to do after a Hurricane is over

  • Keep listening to the radio and TV station for updates and instruction.
  • If you evacuated, return home when state officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Inspect your home for damage.
  • Use flashlights in the dark; do not use candles.
  • Treat water consumed from the pipe.

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