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Hurricane Preparation

What is the difference between a Hurricane WATCH and WARNING?

  • WATCH : Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.

  • WARNING : Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.

Prepare your own Evacuation Plan:

  • Identify ahead of time different routes out of town if you are told to evacuate. Also, make sure you have a place to stay. Choose several places--a friend's house, a motel, or a shelter.
  • Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged. 
  • Listen to your local News/Weather Radio Station for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Follow local news / radio stations on Facebook / Twitter to find the most up to date information in your community.

Items to take with you when evacuating:  

  • Prescription medications and medical supplies  
  • Extra clothing, sheets, sleeping bags and pillows
  • Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight, 
  • Car keys and maps 
  • Important documents, such as: driver's license, Social Security card, insurance policies, wills, birth and marriage certificates, etc. 

Things to do when a Hurricane WATCH is issued:  

  • Prepare all outside furniture, decorations, trash cans, plants to be brought inside in case of high winds
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood. Also, do not use tape, it does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended
  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car. 
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications
  • Listen to your local News/Weather Radio Station for up-to-date storm information

Things to do when a Hurricane WARNING is issued:  

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. Best way is to follow emergency offices facebook / twitter pages.  If you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Complete all preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors away from windows
  • Watch for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, away from windows
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and find another way. If you get caught on a flooded road and waters start to rise around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground