Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

Be ready for hurricane season! Part of living on the coast means that hurricane season is inevitable. While it may seem like you have plenty of time to prepare – there are steps you can do today to ensure you and your family are ready.

The first thing to take note of is when hurricane season is  – June 1 through November 30.

From there you can determine your personal risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also sort through your emergency supplies and make a list of items that need to be replenished. It is also a good idea to start thinking about what may need to be done to your home to have it hurricane-ready. It is important to note, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

  • Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
  • Put Together an Emergency Kit: Put together a basic emergency kit. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators, and storm shutters.
  • Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the Ready.Gov emergency plan webpage.
  • Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
  • Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
  • Preparation tips for your home from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.
  • Preparation Tips for those with Chronic Illnesses.

Save these checklists to review later!

Keep yourself informed during a hurricane! Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before the storm and access mobile.weather.gov on your mobile phone to get Wireless Emergency Alerts. Receive forecast information and news on your NOAA Weather Radio.

* Information courtesy of the National Weather Service website – found here.


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