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How Should I Prepare for a Hurricane?

Have your hurricane emergency plan up to date.

Hurricane season is upon us once again, with peak season between mid-August to late October. These strong tropical storms can leave a wide wake of destruction in their path. Being prepared is your best defense.

Developing a Plan

  • Identify where you will go if you need to evacuate - i.e., relative, friend, public shelter, etc.
  • Prepare your hurricane supplies-refer to the list provided for guidance on supplies.
  • Stay informed of the latest updates and evacuation orders.
  • Prepare a detailed list of information about the specifics of your medication regime.
  • Consult your physician and medical supply vendors to make sure you are adequately prepared for a hurricane.
  • Contact your local emergency information management office if you have any concerns.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability and/or medical condition.

Emergency Supply Checklist

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food- enough for at least 3 to 7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snack foods, juice, foods for infants or those with strict diets
  • Non-electric can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups
  • Grill, cooking tools, fuel, charcoal
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes or boots
  • First Aid Kit, prescriptions, medications, sun screen, aloe and bug spray
  • Special items for babies, elders, persons with disabilities
  • Toiletries – hygiene items and sanitation wipes
  • Flashlights and batteries – do not use candles
  • Extra house and car keys, office keys and name badge
  • Cash – banks/ATMs may not be available after the storm
  • Radio- battery operated or hand cranked radio, NOAA weather radio
  • Toys, books, games
  • Important documents in a waterproof container – include insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security Cards, birth and marriage certificates, etc.
  • Document all valuables
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle – keep your motor vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items – pet food and water, proper identification, medical records, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash, medications
  • List of important numbers – including your country emergency management office, evacuations sites, doctors, bank, area schools, veterinarian, etc.

Especially for Seniors

  • Stock up on food, water and supplies before the hurricane season starts.
  • Have at least a two-week supply of your medications.
  • Stay aware of weather conditions.
  • Make plans in advance, whether you need to evacuate if you decide to stay.
  • If you need to evacuate, team up with a partner, neighbor or relative and plan your evacuation together.
  • Make plans in advance to stay with friends or relatives living on higher ground.