When a Watch Is Issued

Make Plans Early

  • Listen constantly to radio or television. Monitor storm reports and keep a log of hurricane position. Remember evacuation routes sometimes can be closed up to 20 hours before landfall by wind gusting or storm surge flooding.
  • If considering moving to a shelter, make arrangements for all pets. Pets are not allowed in shelters.
  • Refill needed prescriptions.
  • If evacuation has not already been recommended, consider leaving the area early to avoid long hours on limited evacuation routes.

Supplies: a Checklist

  • Transistor radio with fresh batteries: a radio will be your most useful source of information. have enough batteries to last several days. There may be no electricity.
  • Flashlights, candles or lamps, and matches: store matches in waterproof container. Have enough lantern fuel for several days, and know how to use it safely.
  • Full tank of gasoline: never let your vehicle gas tank be less than half-full during hurricane season. Fill the tank as soon as a hurricane watch is posted. Remember: When there is no electricity, gas pumps won't work.
  • Canned goods and non-perishable foods: store packaged foods that can be prepared without cooking and need no refrigeration. There may be no electricity or gas.
  • Containers for drinking water: have clean, air-tight containers to store sufficient drinking water for several days. The City supply will probably be interrupted or contaminated.
  • Materials to protect glass openings: have shutters or lumber for protecting windows and doors.
  • Materials for emergency repairs: Your insurance policy may cover the cost of materials used in temporary repairs, so keep all receipts. These will also be helpful for any income tax deductions.