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Plan Ahead


What Do To In Advance

* Keep copies of important papers in a high-and-dry location.
Papers to keep in safe storage:
  • Insurance Policies - life, homeowners/renters, etc.
  • Proof of Ownership of any property and belongings.
  • Stock and Bond Certificates. These may be needed to be sold for quick cash after the storm.
* Know your evacuation routes.
* Know what you can take with you into a shelter.
Pets and alcohol are NOT allowed.
* When your location is under a hurricane watch.
Announcement of threat. Residents should monitor weather conditions and be ready to take action
  • Check that you have enough cash for an extended period of time. Automatic Teller machines may be down or out of cash.
  • Check supplies:
    • Radio with batteries
    • Candles
    • Matches
    • Flashlights with extra batteries
    • Full tank of gas in all vehicles. Check tires and windshield wipers.
    • Non-perishable food
    • Drinking water
    • Lumber - protection for windows
  • Set refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Don't open the doors unless necessary.
* When your location is under a hurricane warning.
Dangerous weather effects are expected in 24 hours or less
  • Stay tuned to your radio or other weather information source.
  • If you live on a barrier island, prepare to evacuate.
  • Sterilize bathtub with bleach, rinse and fill with supply of fresh drinking water.

Preparing Your Boat

  • If possible, move your boat to a safe location.
  • Remove all loose gear.
  • Steady boat by filling bilges with 6-8 inches of water.
  • Park the boat low to the ground and against a building on the lee side of of the approaching storm.
  • If you can't move the boat, double or triple the number of ropes tying it down and batten down all hatches.

Preparing Your House

  • Secure garage doors using braces and heavier hinges. Cover the outside with plywood using screws that are at least 1 1/2 inches long and 1/4 in diameter.
  • Secure or bring indoors all outdoor items that maybe blown away and become projectiles.
  • Use storm shutters or plywood to protect windows. Plywood needs to be screwed into the wood or metal frame securely.
  • Take down any canvas awnings.
  • Install hurricane clips at the trusses of the roof if the house does not already have them. This can be installed by the homeowner or by a contractor. Contact your contractor for the correct size of clips.
  • If you own an in-ground pool, fill the pool all the way. Pools can be pushed out of heavily saturated ground just from the pressure!
  • If you live in a manufactured home, check the tie downs and leave immediately when warnings are issued.

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