Hurricane Season and Evacuation Planning Tips
Before Hurricanne Season Begins...
- Plan where your family will go in case of an evacuation order. Making arrangements ahead of time with family/friends outside of the area can help save travel time and stress.
- Make a plan for your pets.
- Check your homeowner's policy. Find out what your coverage provides for hurricane and flood damage.
- Stock up on building materials you will need to protect your home. See recommendations from the National Hurricane Center.
- Keep several gallons of drinking water on hand.
- Consult with your employer about your office's hurricane plan.
When a Watch is Issued...
- Fill your gas tanks.
- Plan evacuation route & accomodations.
- Store extra water.
- Prepare a first aid kit.
- Prepare to secure windows and outdoor objects.
- Get flash light and battery powered radio.
- Prepare inventory of possessions (also, use pictures or video).
- Get out extra cash.
- Get out identification, insurance information, and medical records.
- Prepare prescriptions, baby items, pet supplies and special needs items.
- Keep listening to your local radio and TV stations.
- Consider an early evacuation to avoid long traffic delays.
If you are told to Evacuate...
- Secure windows.
- Secure outdoor objects.
- Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Pack for 4-5 day trip.
- Pack snacks and drinks for the travel and possible shelter stays.
- If you are going to a shelter, take sheets, pillows, blankets.
- If you have children, pack items to keep them entertained.
- Be sure to take your valuables with you. (Valuables should include items of significant sentimental value that cannot be replaced.)
- Get the phone numbers of where friends, family, co-workers, and/or neighbors are staying during the evacuation.
Upon Return from Evacuation...
- DO NOT RETURN UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO DO SO BY LOCAL OFFICIALS.
- Avoid down power lines.
- Open doors and windows to let out foul air from flooding.
- Do not turn on your electrical system until approved by the electric company.
- Drink only your bottled water. Floodwaters cause contamination.
- Beware of any wildlife that may have entered your house
as a result of flooding.
- Report all damage to your insurance company immediately.
Take pictures before you begin cleaning and repairing.
- Do not throw away damaged items until an insurance adjuster
has examined them.
- Retain all receipts for repairs, temporary housing, item
- Do not make repairs unless they have been approved by
your insurance company.
List provided by the National Hurricane Center and eMarketSouth.