Staying at Home during an emergency:
If you decide to stay in your home during a hurricane or if local officials recommend sheltering-in-place for other emergencies, be sure to have enough supplies on hand and do the following:
- Review your family disaster plan, and yourpet plan.
- Have adisaster supply kit handy.
- Have enough food and water for at least three days, preferably seven, for each person in your household. (Stored water should be changed every six months).
- Stock extra supplies such as batteries for flashlights and radios.
- Get extra cash. Power outages may cause banks and ATMs to be closed.
- Listen to local radio and television for instructions.
- NOAA Weather Radio - 8-pg brochure - 421kb pdf
- Emergency warnings for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Stay alert to weather advisories, and know the difference between a Weather Watch and a Weather Warning.
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
- If a hurricane is approaching, board up windows and secure lawn furniture, mowers, hanging plants, trash cans and other loose items in the yard.
- Weather radio info
- Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or disabled.
- If a storm hits, gather your family in a safe room. (An interior room with no windows).
- If you lose power, do not put a generator near water.
- When using a generator or barbeque grill, keep it outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire.
- Oxygen dependent residents should make sure they have enough of an oxygen supply to last several days.
- After a storm, watch out for downed power lines.
- If the power is out, do not use candles or open flames as a light source.
- Only use the telephone for important calls so lines will be available for emergency calls.
- Fill you car with gasoline. You may not be able to get gas for a period after the storm, so keep your gas tank full.
- Following any disaster, listen to local officials for the all clear.
After an emergency:
See Quick Tips for use when returning home after a storm.