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When a hurricane watch or warning is issued

A Hurricane Watch is issued when hurricane conditions are likely within 24-36 hours.

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check emergency supplies.
  • Fuel car.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
  • Remove outside antennas.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
  • Open refrigerator only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
  • Review evacuation plan.
  • Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.

A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tiedowns and evacuate immediately.
  • Avoid elevators.

If officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

  • Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
  • Unplug appliances. Turn off electricity, gas and main water valve.
  • Tell your designated family contact or someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
  • If time permits, and you live in a surge or flood zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
  • Take Disaster Supply Kit, warm protective clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
  • Lock up home and leave.
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