Hurricane Safety Tips

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NASA Satellite Captures Hurricane IgorHurricane Watch

  • Monitor the radio and TV. Listen for weather reports and emergency announcements.
  • Evacuation Plans. Review plans with family members and stay in touch.
  • Fuel the car / truck. Be sure you have a full tank.
  • Make preparations to moor, anchor and store your boat.
  • Check your disaster kit. Put items together in one place for easy access.
  • Emergency Supplies. Refresh disaster kit supplies such as batteries, water, and food. Stock up on non-perishable food items and sanitation supplies.
  • Gather valuables. Place valuables and important papers in waterproof containers.
  • Special needs. Check that you have adequate baby supplies, prescriptions, special medicianes or foods, etc., on-hand.
  • Check cash on hand.Get extra money in case electronic banking is unavailable.
  • Secure out door items.Store inside or secure all lawn furniture, garbage cans, toys, etc, which could become deadly missiles in high winds.
  • Utilities. Locate the main turnoffs for electricity, water, and gas.
  • Ready for use hurricane shutters or plywood for windows.
  • Animal safety. Make arrangements for your pets / animals to be taken care of. They will not be allowed at any emergency shelter.

Hurricane Warning

  • Follow official instructions. Listen for weather reports and emergency announcements on TV and radio.
  • Transportation. If you do not have a car, arrange ahead of time for transportation should you have to evacuate.
  • Secure the house
    • Turn refridgerators / freezers to coldest settings
    • Bring in outside furniture, lower TV antenna, clear property of all loose objects
    • Turn off electricity to pool, and add extra chlorine
    • Cover windows and other openings with plywood or hurricane shutters
  • Load car. Put disaster kit, records, valuables, important papers into your vehicle