Prepare for a Hurricane

What you should know about Hurricanes

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Hurricane Preparedness 

Know Your Hurricane Risk

  • Check with local officials to understand your risk.
  • Search online to find your local emergency management agency to learn more.
  • Sign up for local alerts or download the FEMA app.

Know Your Evacuation Zone

  • Learn your evacuation zone, route, and an alternate location to stay.
  • Include pets when planning to evacuate.
  • Practice your plan.

Assemble Disaster Supplies

  • Gather needed supplies for at least 10 days.
  • Don’t forget your specific needs like meds, powered devices, pets etc.
  • Keep cash in your emergency kit.

Prepare Financially

  • Start an emergency savings fund.
  • Check your insurance coverage to make sure you have enough coverage. 
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Strengthen Your Home

  • Make sure your home is in good repair and meets local hurricane building codes.
  • Declutter drains and gutters, trim trees, secure loose outdoor items & secure doors.
  • Know a safe location to move your car during a hurricane.

Help Your Neighbors

  • Get to know your neighbors before an emergency strikes.
  • Make sure they have a plan before and after a hurricane.
  • Exchange contact information

Make an Emergency Plan

  • Write down your hurricane plan & share it.
  • Make a plan of how you will get in touch with others before, during, and after.
  • Take photos of important documents and store them in a secure place.

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Know Your Hurricane Risk

  • Live on the coast? You are most at risk for extreme winds & flooding from rain & storm surge during a hurricane. #HurricanePrep
  • Live inland? You are at risk for wind, thunderstorms, flooding, & power outages during a hurricane. #HurricanePrep
  • Hurricanes not only result in high winds, but floods, too. If you see a flooded path: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #HurricanePrep
  • Hurricane watch = conditions possible w/in the next 48 hrs. Learn how to #HurricanePrep
  • Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs. Learn how to #HurricanePrep
  • Know the risk: Sign up for alerts & warnings to know your local hurricane risk. More info:
  • 2 factors of your personal hurricane risk are where you live & your home structure. Learn more: #HurricanePrep

Know Your Evacuation Zone

  • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will
  • Search online today for local pet-friendly evacuation locations:
  • Do not get caught by dangerous flood waters, have an evacuation plan. #HurricanePrep
  • Hurricanes can cause extensive flood damage in coastal & inland areas- Make a #HurricanePrep
  • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full in case you need to quickly evacuate for a #Hurricane. #HurricanePrep
  • Know your community’s local #hurricane evacuation plan and identify several evacuation routes for your location. #HurricanePrep
  • Know before you go: Don’t go off course – follow official local #hurricane evacuation routes. #HurricanePrep
  • It is time to go. If you have been instructed to evacuate, please do so. Listen to local officials to save yourself and your family. #HurricanePrep
  • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation procedures before a hurricane. #HurricanePrep
  • Driving through flooded roadways is dangerous. Check out this @NWS PSA to see why:

Assemble Disaster Supplies

  • Build emergency supplies by grabbing extra at the store *before* an emergency:
  • As part of your family’s emergency kit, include games & toys to keep children entertained. #HurricanePrep
  • Include a hand-crank or battery powered radio in your emergency kit. More tips:
  • During an extended power outage, ATMs & credit card machines may not work. Include extra $$ in your emergency kit. #HurricanePrep
  • Store supplies at your common locations (e.g. home, work) in case you need to stay in place during a hurricane. #HurricanePrep
  • Do you have enough batteries? Find out what supplies you should have on
  • Gather your #hurricane supplies now, so you will not be tempted to drive on possibly flooded roads. A basic supply list can be found #HurricanePrep
  • Keep emergency supplies in your car in case you need to evacuate due to a hurricane. Watch this video for more. #HurricanePrep
  • Hurricane + high winds (frequently) = power loss. Store enough supplies (e.g., food, bottled water) to last at least 3 days – if possible for a week or more. #HurricanePrep

Prepare Financially

  • Part of being prepared is understanding your finances. Does your family have enough savings in case of an emergency? Get more #HurricanePrep
  • Almost 60 percent of all Americans don’t have $400 in savings according to the Federal Reserve. What will you do in case of disaster? #FinancialPrep
  • Anticipate initial out-of-pocket expenses for lodging, food, gas, and more after a disaster. Are you prepared? #FinancialPrep #HurricanePrep
  • Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster, causing billions of dollars in damage each year. How are you prepared in case of a disaster?Plan now. Get
  • The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure the documentation they would need in case disaster strikes.
  • Businesses: purchase business-interruption insurance policies to help cover and protect against lost earnings that can occur following a disaster. #FinancialPrep #HurricanePrep
  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account.Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected:
  • If you want to build up your savings, try putting a small amount in your account the first of every month. #FinancialPrep #HurricanePrep
  • Save. Save. Save. Your emergency savings can help you get life saving items like food, shelter, and water in an emergency. Saving Tips:
  • 48% of people have an emergency fund, which gives them the savings to overcome simple emergencies and possibly ones that may save their life. Get tips to start saving today:

Check your insurance coverage

Strengthen your home

  • #HurricanePrep tip: Bring in outdoor furniture & anything else that is not tied down to prevent injury/damage from debris.
  • #HurricanePrep tip: Trim trees & shrubs. High winds can turn branches into projectiles during a storm.
  • Reduce property damage in the event of a hurricane by retrofitting (i.e., reinforcing) the roof, windows, and doors. #HurricanePrep
  • Prepare your property before a #hurricane by installing storm shutters. More mitigation tips at:
  • You can act now to reduce potential property damage caused by floodwaters. Use flood damage resistant materials. # HurricanePrep
  • When constructing a new home or upgrading an existing home, consider elevating the structure to better protect against floodwaters and/or storm surge. #HurricanePrep

Check on Your Neighbors

  • Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm #HurricanePrep
  • If you run to the store to grab a couple last minute supplies before a storm, check to see if your neighbor needs anything. #HurricanePrep
  • Please share tips with your community for staying safe before, during, & after a
  • Get to know your neighbors before a storm or an emergency to help out in your community #HurricanePrep
  • Almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster. Do you know yours? #HurricanePrep
  • Help your community/neighbors get prepared & trained for an emergency by

Make an Emergency Plan

  • Where will your loved ones be during a hurricane? Make and test your communication plan today. Get all the resources you need:
  • Your family’s needs change over time – make sure you have what you need for this year’s #hurricane
  • Pick an out of town person for everyone to contact during an emergency. Watch for more tips:
  • Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan #HurricanePrep
  • Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a convo over dinner. Get started with tips
  • Download a group texting app so your entire crew can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency. #HurricanePrep
  • Don't forget to include your pets in your family's emergency plans. Share this 1-minute video:
  • Download, share or print @Readygov’s Pet owner’s planning guide:
  • Don't forget to make a plan for large animals & livestock before a disaster. #HurricanePrep

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