If a hurricane has been predicted for your area use the information below to plan and prepare. We have separated out steps you can take each day leading up to a storm. Have a plan, make a kit and stay informed.
Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries. cash and first aid supplies
Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
Keep your car in good working condition and keep the gas tank full: stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
Book mark www.qac.org for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (patio furniture, garbage cans) anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (propane tanks) and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
Cover all of your home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8" exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
If you are not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/ county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Tropical Storm Watch - A tropical storm watch is issued when tropical storm conditions, including winds from 39 to 73 mph, pose a possible threat to a specified coastal area within 36 hours.
Tropical Storm Warning - A tropical storm warning is issued when tropical storm conditions, including winds from 39-73 mph, are expected in a specified coastal area within 24 hours or less.
Hurricane Watch - A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher is expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. A hurricane-related hazard is a possible threat within 36 hours.
Hurricane Warning - A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher is expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continues, even though the winds may have subsided below hurricane intensity.
Flash Flood Watch - A flash flood watch means a flash flood is possible in the area; stay alert.
Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood warning means a flash flood is imminent and everyone in the area should take immediate action.