Hurricane Preparedness - Before the Storm

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  • Frequently monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins as the storms progress.
  • Fuel and service family vehicles in case evacuation orders are issued.
  • Prepare to secure your property.
    • Prepare to cover all windows and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials to protect them from high winds. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection, but another option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
    • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
    • Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs.
    • Prepare to store and secure outdoor lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans, lawn decorations, garden tools, potted plants, etc. Loose objects can become projectiles in high winds.
    • Keep all trees and shrubs around your house well trimmed.
    • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
    • If you own a boat, determine how and where to secure it for the storm.
  • Check food and water supplies.
  • Have clean, airtight containers on hand to store at least two weeks of drinking water (14 gallons per person).
  • Stock up on canned provisions.
  • Get a camping stove with fuel.
  • Keep a small cooler with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items.
  • Check prescription medicines and obtain a supply for at least 10 days to two weeks.
  • Stock up on extra batteries for radios, flashlights and lanterns.
  • Check and replenish first-aid supplies.
  • Have an extra supply of cash on hand.