If it’s not secured, it can move.
Board and tape windows. Plywood is best for windows.
For taping windows use alligator tape, not duct or
Fasten your roof with tie down straps.
Turn off gas and/or propane.
Secure all outdoor furniture. Put in pool in you have
Clear debris away that will become projectiles in high
Close garage doors.
Preparing Your Home
It’s too late to prepare once the hurricane is on you.
There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying
many of these same items, so order it now so you have
This sounds trite, but after every hurricane, most people
list these following items as things they wished they’d
had on hand.
Not only for the hurricane itself, but as importantly, for
living afterwards in the chaos.
A checklist is at the end of these items.
What To Have Ready BEFORE
Your HomeIf you are caught at home and can’t evacuate:
Turn your freezer and refrigerator to their coldest
Pack any coolers with as much ice as possible and
use this first before opening fridge once power goes
Fill bathtubs with water.
Make sure all vehicles are topped off.
Know where the closest shelter for you and pets is.
Do not use tap water after a storm until certain it’s not
Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android.
Emergency Alert System for Apple.
Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple
Red Cross Hurricane App for Android
National Hurricane Center Web Site
Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help
and giving location, and for finding your family and
Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through
than a voice call.
Click on links below to get apps and check web site.
Have enough for at least three days.
Minimum is one gallon per person, per day.
Double that for warm climates.
8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon.
A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days
supply per person.
I recommend two cases per person.
You must have a way of quickly filtering water for
your family. There are numerous ones available.
Here is one I purchased. There is also a slightly more
expensive system that doesn’t require pumping and
works via gravity. Either one can be a lifesaver for
your family after a hurricane.
Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed.
I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than
rechargeable. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light
and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my
Click on image.
Flashlight & Spare Batteries
Know what the emergency broadcast stations are.
Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on
hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for
Portable battery/hand crank radio.
There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy.
Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go
Click on image for link.
Make sure you have medications to last a week.
Extra glasses, contacts, etc.
First Aid Kit
How to turn off the water coming into the house.
How to turn off the power.
Where the safe spots in the house are.
Where the family ERP- emergency rally point— outside
the house where all will gather is.
Who the single emergency point of contact is for the
Everyone in your
household needs to
The safest place is a basement.
Stay away from windows and doors.
The strongest room is often the bathroom or a walk in
closet, closest to the center of the house.
In a two story house, the strongest wall is the stairwell.
If no basement, stay on the first floor.
During A Hurricane
Remember that a tidal
surge can cause
Do not light a match.
Don’t move too much as you can cause further
Tap on something, preferably a pipe, with something
hard, rather than yell as you could inhale toxic dust.
If you can see light and have a path, crawl toward it.
If you encounter vertical rubble, check to see if it is load
bearing before moving anything.
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