Before the Storm
In the Days before the Storm
Here are some basic preparations tips. For a more comprehensive list, please click on the resources links below.
4 Days Before Hurricane Landfall:
- Have a safety plan. Before disaster strikes, review local maps and evacuation routes. Have a few alternative routes planned in the event roads become inaccessible and be sure to plan for temporary lodging.
- Get cash. If disaster is widespread, ATM's and debit/credit card machines will not be in service.
- Collect important documents to keep with you, such as: passports, insurance policies, ownership certificates, medical records, etc. Consider keeping electronic copies of these documents on a flash drive.
- Refill important prescriptions before the storm hits. Supplies may be difficult to come by after a catastrophic event. Don't forget to pack eyeglasses even if you normally wear contacts.
3 Days Before Hurricane Landfill:
- Purchase gasoline for your vehicles or generators. If possible, safely store reserve gasoline where appropriate.
- Have at least 3 days of drinking water on hand. The recommended amount is 1 gallon per person, per day.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items or foods that do not require refrigeration (canned goods, bread, crackers, etc).
- Have several sets of batteries in a variety of sizes.
- Have alternative light sources ready, such as flashlights and portable lanterns.
- Have a battery-operated or crank radio available. Cell phone service may not be available for days after a catastrophe.
- Have a first aid kit ready.
- Remove or securely anchor loose objects that can be blown away or picked up with heavy wind gusts, such as: trash cans, grilles, outdoor furniture, swings, hanging planters, lawn décor, etc.
- Fill sandbags, as needed, to prevent water intrusion in low-lying areas such as doorways, garage doors, driveways, porches, etc.
- Board windows and doors. Be careful not to cause damage by driving nails through window or door seals.
2 Days Before Hurricane Landfall:
- Stay tuned to local weather stations via radio or television for watches or warnings.
- Follow the instructions of all local authorities in the event of an evacuation.
- Have supplies ready or packed for all members of the family, including: infants, children, elders and pets. This should include personal hygiene products, medications and medical devices, including dentures.
1 Day Before Hurricane Landfall:
- Charge all cell phones and have portable chargers or car chargers ready.
- Communicate your safety and lodging plans with friends and family in the event of an evacuation.
- Continue to stay tuned to local weather stations via radio or television for watches or warnings.
- Follow the instructions of all local authorities.
- Set your refrigerator and freezer to their highest setting and keep a thermometer in the fridge to check food temperature once the power is restored. If the power is lost, limit opening the refrigerator and freezer doors to prevent food spoilage.