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.
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