Every family should put a plan in place to respond to the different situations you could face.  The plan should address supplies you will need, how will you respond to different scenarios, and how you will stay in contact with your family and others?

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
  • Craft an evacuation plan should circumstances require you leave town.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. All family members should check in with this contact at designated times.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Many hotels do not allow pets.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones, such as your local emergency management office, and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Create a Disaster Supply Kit and stock it with non-perishable emergency food, water, supplies, flashlights, batteries, and first aid necessities.
  • Remember to charge flashlights, phones, and other devices in the lead-up to the storm and make sure you have extra batteries for these devices.
  • Use a battery-powered radio to stay-up-to-date on changing conditions during the storm, and make sure you have fresh batteries.