Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by all.
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
Before hurricane season, assess your property to ensure that landscaping and trees do not become a wind hazard.
Trim dead wood and weak overhanging branches from all trees.
Certain trees and bushes are vulnerable to high winds and any dead tree near a home is a hazard.
Consider landscaping materials other than gravel/rock.
Garage doors are frequently the first feature in a home to fail. Reinforce all garage doors so that they are able to withstand high winds.
Protect all windows by installing commercial shutters or preparing 5/8 inch plywood panels.
The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is from the storm surge
Learn your vulnerability to flooding by determining the elevation of your property.
Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood, so you or your evacuation routes are not cut off.
Avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep your vehicle away..
Test drinking water for potability; wells should be pumped out and the water tested before drinking.
Do not use fresh food that has come in contact with floodwaters. Wash canned goods that come in contact with floodwaters with soap and hot water.