What to do in hurricane phases


Stay tuned to your local radio or television stations for updated information.

Prepare your property for high winds:

Bring lawn furniture inside, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.

Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials.

Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place.

Stock up on prescription medications.

Check your Disaster Supply Kit.

Sterilize bathtub, pans, jugs and bottles and fill with water.

Have extra cash on hand

Fuel and service family vehicles


Before storm strikes:

Stay tuned to your local media for updated information and official instructions.

Listen to the advice of local officials and evacuate if necessary.

If you intend to stay with relatives or friends, go to a shelter, or take pets to a kennel, go now.

Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes to prevent damage or loss.

Stay away from beaches and other low areas.

Close storm shutters

Close curtains and blinds to minimize danger of flying glass if windows are broken.

Put your food and other hurricane supplies in plastic bags.

Bring pets indoors.

If you are remaining at home, go indoors and stay there.

Park vehicles inside the garage or away from trees.

Close all interior doors. Secure and brace exterior doors.

Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.

Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.

Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities

Turn off propane tanks.

Unplug small appliances

Raise furniture, appliances and other valuables off the floor. Cover and secure with plastic sheets. If your house has more than one storey, take valuable to upper floors.

Disconnect downspouts from cisterns and close all cistern openings.

Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case tap water is unavailable. Use water in tubs for cleaning and flushing only. Do NOT drink it.

During the hurricane:

Do not leave your house during the storm.

Stay on the leeward (downwind) side of the house, away from windows.

Do not go outside while the eye is passing, unless absolutely necessary.

If your roof or walls begin to fail, go to an inner room (preferably one without windows), or to a cupboard passageway and shield yourself with a mattress.

If winds become strong:

• Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway.

• If you are in a two story house, go to an interior first floor room.

• If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the first or second floor and stay in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows.