Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.
Prepare for Hurricanes
Plan to Evacuate
Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.
Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a friend's home in another town, a motel or public shelter.
If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.
Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
Take your emergency supply kit .
Lock the door behind you.
Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency.
If you are not able to evacuate, stay indoors away from all windows. Take shelter in an interior room with no windows if possible. Be aware that there may be a sudden lull in the storm as the eye of the hurricane moves over. Stay in your shelter until local authorities say it is safe.
- Boat and Marine Interests Preparedness
- Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)
- Generator Safety
- Pet Preparedness
- Residential Shuttering Program
- Shutter Product Search
- Solid Waste Hurricane Preparedness
- Storm Surge Map
- National Hurricane Center
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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