- Devise an emergency communications plan with your family so that you will know what to do in the event you are separated.
- Also, ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be the family contact. If family members need to call this person, it will be easier since local lines may be disrupted.
- Make sure that family members know how to respond during a hurricane emergency. Teach them how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
- Know the hurricane risks for your area.
- Find out if your home is subject to storm surge flooding.
- Inspect your property for potential problems that may arise during a hurricane.
- Consider installing permanent protection for your windows. Learn how to install any manual window protection that you may have so that you can do so quickly if a hurricane threatens the area.
- Investigate flood insurance. Your local Emergency Management office or insurance agent can inform you about the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Inventory your property by making a list, taking photographs, or making a video. Store in a secure, dry place like your safety deposit box.
- Plan your evacuation route to an area well inland. This plan should include information about the safest routes and nearby emergency shelters.
- Check how long it will take you to reach your safe area during peak evacuation traffic.
- Make advance arrangements for pets. EMERGENCY SHELTERS CANNOT TAKE PETS!