Tips for Preparing for Hurricanes

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.

Prepare NOW

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.

Supplies Kit

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
  • Flashlight
  • 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

Want to know more about hurricane preparedness? Contact MaintenX.