How to Prepare for Hurricane Season



Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.


  • Sign up for your community’s 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 flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.

  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.

  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.

  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and 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.

  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.



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