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 replacement, etc.
  • Do not make repairs unless they have been approved by your insurance company.

List provided by the National Hurricane Center and eMarketSouth.