From Hurricane Preparedness


Hurricane season is upon us and runs through November 30. Always be ready.

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When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving: turn on your TV or radio to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first-aid supplies.

Plan on how to communicate with family members if you lose power. During disasters, sending texts is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.

Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. You may have to leave quickly, so plan ahead.

Keep your car in good working condition and keep the gas tank full.

If you have flood insurance, your policy may cover up to $1000 in loss avoidance measures like sandbags and water pumps to protect your property. Keep receipts and submit them if you need to make a claim.

When a hurricane is 18-36 hours away: bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles (patio furniture, garbage cans). Cover all of your home’s windows, if possible, including using exterior grade or marine plywood.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours away: Check your TV or radio every 30 minutes for updates. Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery if you lose power.

When a hurricane is six hours away: If you are not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, stay at home and let others know where you are. Stay away from windows; flying glass from broken windows can injure you.

Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.

Check TV and radio and City websites for the latest updates.