How to keep your home and family safe during a hurricane.
Develop an Emergency Plan
- Include answers to questions like:
- What do I need to do to secure my home, car and boat, and who will help me?
- Where am I going to stay during the hurricane and what are the evacuation routes?
- Where will my pets stay?
- If I plan to stay at home, what do I need to do to be prepared and where in my home will I ride out the storm? Emergency operations officials urge residents to prepare to be self-sufficient for up to 14 days – without running water or electricity.
- Review your emergency plan with your family.
Photograph or videotape your home – inside and outside – for insurance purposes.
Address Special Needs
If you or anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation, contact your local emergency management office. Find the phone number at FEMA.gov. If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review your family emergency plan for back-up power or make arrangements to relocate when a storm warning is issued.