Hurricane Preparedness

Before Hurricane Season

  • Become familiar with your Evacuation Zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Residents and Property Managers, have reentry pass ready. Click here for re-entry pass information..
  • 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 CodeRED alert system to 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.
  • Have cash on hand as ATM machines will not be operable in the event of a power outage. 

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