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Be safe and prepared for hurricane season

Follow the checklist below



Secure your home in the event of power outages, damaging winds, storm surges and flooding.

What to Do:

  • Cover windows with wood or hurricane shutters

  • Trim trees and shrubs and clear rain gutters

  • Reinforce garage doors

  • Bring in outdoor furniture, trash cans and lawn ornaments

  • Stay away from, and secure and brace internal doors and windows

In the event of a power outage, prepare the following:

  • Gas – Fill tanks as far in advance of an approaching storm

  • ATMs – Have extra cash on hand in case no local ATMs are working or accessible

  • Cell phones – Charge your cell phone and limit use after power outage

  • A/C – Loss of A/C is an uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm
    Prevent as much light from entering and warming the house by covering windows
    Only run battery operated fans in occupied rooms

  • Water – Fill bathtubs and containers for washing and flushing

  • Food – Turn your refrigerator temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water.
    Have a cooler and ice packs in case power outage lasts longer than 4 hours

  • Know your community’s severe weather warning system and follow news reports closely

  • Put a Hurricane Kit in your car ahead of time in case of mandatory evacuation.
    A Hurricane Kit contains the same items as listed below in What to Have below.

  • Health/Safety – Your health and the health of your family members and pets are of the utmost importance.
    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a helpful
    guide on how to stay safe during a power outage.


What to Have:

  • Non-perishable food (enough for 3 days)

  • A 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day)

  • First Aid Kit (including prescription medicines)

    What to put in kit at American Red Cross website

  • Personal hygiene and sanitary items

  • Flashlights

  • Battery operated radio

  • Battery operated fan

  • Waterproof container for cash and important documents

  • Manual can opener

  • Lighter or matches

  • Cooler and ice packs

  • Extra batteries for electronics

  • Local maps

  • A wrench and other basic tools

  • Special needs items such as pet supplies and baby supplies (if applicable)

  • An evacuation plan AND a plan if family members become separated

  • Practice hurricane safety by being prepared for risks. Visit National Hurricane Center for more information.