Surviving a Hurricane

Hurricane Survival Safety

This material is provided as a public service. Its purpose is to increase hurricane awareness. The key to survival is advance preparation!

When a Watch Is Issued

  • Monitor storm reports
  • Make arrangements for pets
  • Check supplies
  • Fuel automobiles
  • Store non-perishable foods
  • Store fresh drinking water
  • Protect glass openings
  • Buy materials for emergency repairs

When a Warning Is Issued

  • Monitor storm reports
  • Leave mobile homes
  • Prepare for high winds
  • Protect windows
  • Relocate boats on trailers
  • Check boat mooring lines
  • Store valuables and paperwork
  • Prepare for floods an tornadoes
  • Double-check survival supplies

Safety Reminders:

If You Evacuate

  • Take your disaster supply kit
  • Bring pillows and blankets
  • Have a safe place to go
  • Bring extra cash
  • Enact your pet plan
  • Bring important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Secure your home
  • Follow your county evacuation map
  • Don’t drive on flooded roads
  • Follow officials’ instructions
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • After the threat, listen to local officials for the all-clear

If You Stay at Home If you are not able to evacuate, it is best to stay at a shelter. In the event of a disaster, there are special shelters set up for those with special medical needs. If you do choose to stay at home, follow these tips:

  • Cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials
  • Have extra cash on hand
  • Have a weather radio on hand for frequent updates
  • Follow instructions of local officials
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Go to an interior room on the first floor
  • Have a family communication plan
  • Remain indoors even during the eye of the storm

Generator Safety

Portable generators are a good source of alternative power if an outage occurs, but they should only be used in emergency situations. An improperly installed or operated generator can be deadly! View more information on safely operating a generator.

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