emergency-preparedness
  • How to Prepare and Stay Safe

    During a hurricane

    Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
    Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
    Be extra careful when walking outside.
    Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.

    6 hours before arrival

    Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows.
    Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
    Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
    If you lose power, food will last longer.

    6 to 12 hours before arrival

    Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently.
    You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
    Charge your phone.
    You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.

    12 to 36 hours before arrival

    Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.
    These may become a safety hazard.
    Bookmark your local government’s website.
    This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

    36 to 48 hours before arrival

    Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.
    Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
    For example, you can use phone, text, social media, or email.
    Create an evacuation plan with your family.
    You may have to leave quickly.