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Hurricane Preparedness

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Before the Hurricane

  • Make sure you have some proof of residency or property ownership to be able to re-enter after the storm, such as a valid and current driver’s license, property deed or utility bill. If access to the island is limited after a storm, you must have proof of residency or property ownership to gain access.
  • Check the status of your flood and wind insurance policies.
  • Decide where you will go during an evacuation
  • Identify important papers and other items you do not want to lose (like family photos and insurance policies). Make sure you will have access to your insurance no matter where you are after a storm.
  • Take inventory and gather supplies so your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement. Store these items in a container that could be easy to carry in the event of evacuation.
  • If you plan to “board up,” ensure you have the items needed (wood, nails, screws and a good battery-powered drill). If you hire a person to do the work, confirm that this will be done every year.

When a Watch Is Issued

  • Monitor radio and TV broadcasts for information regarding the storms. Channel 8 will begin to show updated local information. Service and fill up vehicles with fuel.
  • Refill prescriptions for your family and pets, ensuring at least a 2-week supply.
  • Clear yard and deck of all potential flying debris. Anchor items that cannot be brought inside.
  • Prepare to cover windows and doors.
  • Check food and water supplies. Replenish as necessary.
  • Plan for several days after the hurricane, and stock up on things like bottled water, non-perishable foods, and batteries to use in case there is no electric power.
  • Get cash since ATMs and banks may not be operating following the storm.
  • Check generator and fuel supplies.
  • Check additional tanks for gas grill.
  • If you have a propane gas tank, make sure it is securely strapped down to prevent it from becoming a potential “bomb” in the event it is washed away.
  • Fill bathtub and washer with water in case the town water is not readily available after the storm. Buy ice.

When a Warning Is Issued

  • Monitor radio and TV broadcasts, including Channel 8, for storm advisories and evacuation announcements.
  • Close all windows and doors with hurricane shutters or plywood.
  • Turn off LP Gas at tank.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs and bottles. Water in tub and washer also may be needed for flushing.
  • Turn freezers and refrigerator to coldest settings. Then open only when necessary and close quickly.
  • Close damper in the fireplace.
  • Store valuable papers in a safe place or in a container to take with you in event of evacuation.