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Hurricane Safety Checklist

Hurricanes are strong storms Know the Difference
that cause life- and property-
Hurricane Watch—Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours.
threatening hazards such as
Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning
flooding, storm surge, high winds is issued.
and tornadoes.
Hurricane Warning—Hurricane conditions are expected within 36
Preparation is the best protection hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to
do so by authorities.
against the dangers of a hurricane.

What should I do? What supplies do I need? What do I do after a hurricane?

 Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for  Water—at least a 3-day supply; one  Continue listening to a NOAA Weather
critical information from the National gallon per person per day Radio or the local news for the latest
Weather Service (NWS). updates.
 Food—at least a 3-day supply of
 Check your disaster supplies and non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food  Stay alert for extended rainfall and
replace or restock as needed. subsequent flooding even after the
hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
 Bring in anything that can be picked up
 Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).  If you evacuated, return home only
(NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
when officials say it is safe.
 Close windows, doors and hurricane
 Extra batteries
shutters. If you do not have hurricane  Drive only if necessary and avoid
shutters, close and board up all  First aid kit flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
windows and doors with plywood.
 Medications (7-day supply) and medical  Keep away from loose or dangling
 Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the items (hearing aids with extra batteries, power lines and report them
coldest setting and keep them closed as glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane) immediately to the power company.
much as possible so that food will last
 Multi-purpose tool  Stay out of any building that has water
longer if the power goes out.
around it.
 Sanitation and personal hygiene items
 Turn off propane tanks and unplug
 Inspect your home for damage. Take
small appliances.  Copies of personal documents pictures of damage, both of the building
(medication list and pertinent medical and its contents, for insurance
 Fill your car’s gas tank.
information, proof of address, purposes.
 Talk with members of your household deed/lease to home, passports, birth
and create an evacuation plan. certificates, insurance policies)  Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT
Planning and practicing your use candles.
 Cell phone with chargers
evacuation plan minimizes confusion
 Avoid drinking or preparing food with
and fear during the event.  Family and emergency contact tap water until you are sure it’s not
information contaminated.
 Learn about your community’s
hurricane response plan. Plan routes to  Extra cash  Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If
local shelters, register family members
 Emergency blanket in doubt, throw it out.
with special medical needs as required
and make plans for your pets to be  Map(s) of the area  Wear protective clothing and be
cared for. cautious when cleaning up to avoid
 Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby injury.
 Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be food, diapers)
careful to avoid flooded roads and  Watch animals closely and keep them
washed out bridges.  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, under your direct control.
carrier, bowl)
 Because standard homeowners  Use the telephone only for emergency
insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s  Tools/supplies for securing your home calls.
important to have protection from the  Extra set of car keys and house keys
floods associated with hurricanes,
tropical storms, heavy rains and other  Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
conditions that impact the U.S. For
 Rain gear
more information on flood insurance,
please visit the National Flood  Insect repellent and sunscreen
Insurance Program Web site at
 Camera for photos of damage

Let Your Family Know You’re Safe

If your community has experienced a hurricane, or any disaster, register on the American
Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through to let
your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call
1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit

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