Determine Your Risk: Live on the coast? You are most at risk for extreme winds & flooding from rain & storm surge during a hurricane.
Live inland? You are at risk for wind, thunderstorms, flooding, & power outages during a hurricane.
Hurricane watch = conditions possible w/in the next 48 hrs.
Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
Before a storm, develop a hurricane evacuation plan. If you were told to evacuate due to a hurricane, where would you go? What would you take? Practice the plan at night, during inclement weather, and other times to familiarize yourself with your route. If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation procedures before a hurricane. Click HERE to find your counties EMA. Depending on your location, you may need to stay where you are for an extended time until flooding recedes and roadways are restored. You are going to need supplies to get through the storm. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days and for a week or more if possible. Click HERE for a list of items you'll need for an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Doing yardwork does more than beautify your home. During a storm, tree limbs and branches can turn into harmful objects, causing damage to items in their path. Trim your trees and hedges and cut shrubbery to reduce the risk of flying branches during a hurricane also, bring in all outdoor furniture & securing anything else that is not tied down.
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