Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Before a Hurricane
prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
•To begin preparing,
you should build an emergency kit
a family communications plan
•Know your surroundings.
•Learn the elevation
level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your
property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would
go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
•Make plans to secure your
•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” marine plywood, cut
to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof
•Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind
•Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not
•Determine how and where to secure your boat.
•Install a generator for
•If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th
•Consider building a safe room.
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can
cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should
consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect
your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to
protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
(NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov
1-800-427-2419. For more detailed information on how you can protect your property, view
NFIP’s printer-friendly handout Avoiding