Hurricanes can be life-threatening, causing serious hazards like floods, storm surges, high winds and even tornadoes. Read on to learn what to do to keep safe.
To ensure you are hurricane-ready:
- Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
- Sign up for your community’s weather warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- If you are at risk for floods, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
- Become familiar with your evacuation zone, evacuation route, and local shelter locations.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
Assemble a disaster supplies kit and think about possible storage locations for different circumstances.
Hurricane Supplies Kit
A basic emergency supply kit should include the following items:
- Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
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