• Monitor weather reports
• Sign up for a text or email alert system if offered by your local community
Stock up on supplies
• Flashlights, candles, water, batteries and non-perishable food items are always helpful
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
Charge your electronic devices!
• Charge everything you can ahead of time in case the power goes out
• Unplug small appliances
Prepare the outside of your home
• Bring in outside patio furniture and secure the outside of your home to protect during strong winds
• Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters
Know your evacuation route
• Fill up your gas tank
• Plan out your route
• Find out where the local shelters are
Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
If NOT ordered to evacuate:
• Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level during the storm. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.
• Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
• If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force winds coming from the opposite direction.