Before & After A Hurricane

Plan Ahead for Hurricane Season

When officials recommend evacuation

Coordinate your departure with people who will be traveling with you. Notify an out-of-area person of your plans.
Secure your home.
Put your disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Double check evacuation routes and leave.

Who Should Plan to Leave Early

Residents of low-lying areas
Persons living in manufactured housing
Persons with special needs -- including health or mobility related concerns

Secure Your Home

Turn off gas, water & electricity
Board up windows
Draw drapes across windows
Brace garage doors
Bring in outdoor furniture and other loose objects, anchor items you cannot bring inside
Place boats on trailers, tie them down close to home and fill with water
Lock all windows and doors
Make arrangements for animals (most shelters do not allow pets)

Evacuation Tips

Keep your vehicle in good repair with a full tank of fuel
Check on friends and neighbors who may have special needs
Prepare you disaster supplies kit now. Take it with you when you evacuate
Secure you home quickly -- evacuate when asked to do so
Have an out-of-area point of contact whom family and friends can call to learn your evacuation plans
If possible, take a CB Radio or cell phone with you. Use it only in emergencies.
Monitor Emergency Alert Stations (EAS) for the latest news or information.

Your Disaster Supplies Kit:

Can Opener
3-Day Supply of Non-Perishable Food
Bedding or Sleeping Bags
Fire Extinguisher
Bleach (no lemon or other additives)
Mosquito repellent 
Extra Prescription Medicine (or refill information)
Baby food, diapers and formula
First Aid Kit
Water (gallon per person per day)
Eating Utensils
Tarp, Rope & Duct Tape
Toilet Paper
Batter-Operated Radio
Extra Batteries
Extra Keys
Eyeglasses (or prescription)
Hearing Aid or Other Special Items
Important Papers including Insurance, Money, Checks or Credit Cards
Name, Address and Telephone Number of Out-of-Area Contact Person

After A Severe Tropical Storm or Hurricane

Stay out of disaster areas which could be dangerous and where your presence will interfere with essential rescue and recovery work. Do not drive unless you must. Roads should be left clear for emergency vehicles and debris removal equipment. Remember, debris-filled streets are dangerous.

Along the coast, soil may erode beneath pavement or bridge supports, which could collapse under the weight of a car. Be wary of inland flooding. Citizens returning home should expect the worst and take precautions to assure their safety.
Precautions to take when returning home:

Do not use the telephone except for major emergencies.
Beware of loose or dangling power lines. Many lives are lost through electrocution.
Walk or drive cautiously. Watch out for snakes.
Do not use water until you receive word that it is safe. Eat only foods you are absolutely sure are safe. If power has been out, food that was refrigerated or frozen may not be safe to eat.
Don't light candles. Do not attempt to turn on utilities.
Be wary of dangerous or frightened animals.
Use care handling power tools, gas lanterns, generators and matches.
Call your insurance company to file a claim if your home is damaged, ask your insurance company for financial help.
Listen to local radio stations for official disaster relief information and instructions.