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Hurricane Checklist - Before the storm
Know the hurricane risks for your area.
Find out if your home is subject to storm surge flooding.
Inspect your property for potential problems that may arise during a hurricane.
Consider installing permanent protection for your windows. Learn how to install any manual window protection that you may have so that you can do so quickly if a hurricane threatens the area.
If you own a boat, plan ahead where you will put it in case of a weather emergency.
Investigate flood insurance. Your local Emergency Management office or insurance agent can inform you about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Inventory your property by making a list, taking photographs, or making a video. Store in a secure, dry place like your safety deposit box.
Devise an emergency communications plan with your family so that you will know what to do in the event you are separated.
Also, ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be the family contact. If family members need to call this person, it will be easier since local lines may be disrupted.
Make sure that family members know how to respond during a hurricane emergency. Teach them how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Plan your evacuation route to an area well inland. This plan should include information about the safest routes and nearby emergency shelters.
Check how long it will take you to reach your safe area during peak evacuation traffic.
Make advance arrangements for pets. EMERGENCY SHELTERS CANNOT TAKE PETS!
Consider purchasing UV resistant tarps and other tools needed to make temporary repairs.
Gather your disaster supplies. Prepare for the worst, get enough applicable supplies for at least 3 days. See PREPARING AN EVACUATION KIT for a list of disaster supplies to include in your kit.
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