Hurricane Preparedness is intended to prepare citizens for the threat of hurricanes before they hit. Information is given to encourage citizens to determine their own personal risk and identify strategies/plans to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1 (NOAA, 2022).
Determine Your Risk
It is important to understand what types of wind and water hazards may occur where you live. The Historical Hurricane Tracks feature can provide crucial information to historical patterns in your area during hurricane season. Click below to find out more information.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
During a hurricane you may need to evacuate to short-term sheltering or long-term housing. It is crucial to know where you might relocate to and what you would need to prepare for during an emergency situation.
Assemble Disaster Supplies
Whether you are evacuating or sheltering in place, having a disaster kit may provide your family the necessary resources to withstand an emergency. The following items should be included in your kit:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Prescription medications (for at least 72 hours)
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup batteries.
For more information, visit Assembling Your Emergency Kit.
Make a Plan
Creating an emergency plan may initially seem overwhelming, but is a crucial component to keeping your family safe during times of crisis. Creating a family plan can be done in four simple steps (Ready, 2022).
- Put a plan together by discussing the following questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- Consider specific needs in your household and modify plans to fit such needs.
- Fill out a Family Emergency Plan.
- Practice your plan with your family/household.
To view specific information on each planning step, visit the Make An Emergency Plan webpage.