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Hurricane Safety Rules
Before the Hurricane Season
- Know the hurricane risks in your area.
- Learn the evacuation routes and location of official shelters.
- Assemble a supplies kit, including a NOAA Weather Radio and/or a battery-powered AM/FM radio, flashlights, non-perishable food, water (3 gallons per person), a first-aid kit, clothes and blankets, and prescription medications.
- Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, necessary to properly secure your home.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed.
- Make a plan for any pets you may have. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor to most hotels/motels allow them.
Learn the NWS hurricane watch and warning terminology
During a Watch
- Hurricane/Tropical Storm WATCH: Hurricane or tropical storm conditions are POSSIBLE in the specified area of the watch, usually within 36 hours. Prepare to take action in case a warning is issued.
- Hurricane/Tropical Storm WARNING: Hurricane or tropical storm conditions are EXPECTED in the specified area of the warning, usually within 24 hours. Complete all storm preparations and evacuate if directed by local officials.
During a Warning
- Listen to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins of the storm's progress.
- Prepare to cover ALL window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials.
- Fuel and service vehicles.
- Prepare to bring lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects inside.
- Have an extra supply of cash on hand.
- Prepare to evacuate if you live in a mobile home, on the coastline, or in a high-rise building.
- Closely monitor radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.
- Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, etc.
- Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if told to do so!
- If evacuating, leave early (in daylight if possible). Stay with friends or relatives or at a low-rise inland hotel or motel. If this is not possible, go to a predesignated public shelter.
- Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
If you are staying in a home
Informative Information about Hurricanes
- Only stay in a home if you have NOT been advised to evacuate. Stay inside a well-constructed building.
- Turn the refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
- Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
- Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
- If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered. Go to an interior first-floor room such as a bathroom or closet. Close all interior doors and brace external doors.
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Last Modified: June 20, 2003