Hurricane Preparedness

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Before Hurricane Season

  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.


  • Have reentry pass ready.


  • Register property manager at town hall.


  • Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.


  • Inventory and photograph your home’s contents and put important papers and insurance policies in a safe place.


  • Install and maintain storm shutters. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.


  • Install a generator for emergencies.


  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.


  • Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to review your insurance policy to ensure coverage for hurricane damage and flooding.


  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.


  • Register for the Town's notification system, Code Red, and receive announcements and timely notifications including flood warnings by telephone, cell phone, text, and e-mail.

Before the Storm

  • Anchor or remove potential wind-borne objects.

  • Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

  • If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.

  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.    

  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.    

  • Fill your car’s gas tank.

  • Charge your cell phone.

  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

During/After the Storm

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.      

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.

  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.

  •  Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.

  •  Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.

  •  Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.  

  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.

  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.

  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.

  •  Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.

  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.