Preparing for a Hurricane

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. Don’t be caught off guard.

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Consult and plan with your family
  • Get organized and ready for an emergency
  • Stay informed so you’ll know when a storm is coming.


The beginning of the season is the best time to develop your emergency response plans. Make sure you have supplies to last at least two weeks. Create a disaster kit to take with you in case of evacuation:

Disaster Supply Kit
  • First aid kit, and essential medications (7 day supply)
  • Nonperishable foods
  • At least 1 gallon of water per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation).
  • Additional water supplies for pets
  • Protective clothing, rain-wear
  • Bedding or sleeping bags
  • Batter-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled
  • Cash (ATM’s may not work)
  • Road atlas or paper maps
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Family/emergency contact information
  • Copies of personal documents

Review your insurance policy and keep a copy in a watertight container. Take it with you if/when you evacuate. Obtain written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water in case authorities advise you to do so.


Buy and store materials — such as plywood and duct tape necessary to secure your home properly. Pre-drill holes and cut plywood so you’re ready should a storm occur. If you are using storm panels, make sure you have the necessary hardware to install.

Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.

NOTE: Once a hurricane watch or warning has been issued, do not attempt to trim trees and/or shrubs. Trash pick-up will be suspended, and your trash can become dangerous missiles in the storm’s high winds.


A little research and planning can save a lot of stress when a storm is forming. Look into options for your pets now. Most shelters do not accept pets. Identify those that do ahead of time.

Boarding kennels, veterinarians, friends, relatives, or motels that allow pets are possibilities. Call your local Humane Society or your veterinarian for more information above emergency pet care.


Listen to your local radio stations for instructions about emergency medical, food, and housing assistance. Do not call 911 except for emergencies or life-threatening situations.

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