Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
· Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best
protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood,
cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
· Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame
structure. This will reduce roof damage.
· Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
· Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
· Determine how and where to secure your boat.
· Consider building a safe room.
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Evacuation Plans

When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the
public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens
telephone calls, also are used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you
your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school,
workplace to avoid these situations.
The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a
ther condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or
to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most
basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.

Evacuation: More Common than You Realize
Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year,
nsportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands
people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently.
ost every year, people along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts evacuate in the face of
roaching hurricanes.
Ask local authorities about emergency evacuation routes and see if maps may are
ilable with evacuation routes marked.

ALWAYS IF TIME PERMITS
Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce ciongestion and delay. Gather your disater supplies kit.
Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants and long sleeved shirts and a cap.
Listen to a battery powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions. Secure your home. close and lock doors and windows. Unplug electric equipment, such as radios and televisions. And small appliances such as microwaves, and toasters. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate. Let others know where you are going.
Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do NOT drive into flooded areas.
Stay away from downed power lines.

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
· Listen to the radio or TV for information.
· Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects
or bring them indoors.
· Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator
thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
· Turn off propane tanks.· Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
· Moor your boat if time permits.
· Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:
· If you are directed by local authorities to do so.
Be sure to follow their instructions.
· If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are
particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
· If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher
elevations.
· If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland
waterway.
· If you feel you are in danger.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:
· If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their
instructions.
· If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are
particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
· If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher
elevations.
· If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland
waterway.
· If you feel you are in danger.

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