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As the Storm Approaches
Hurricane Watch | Hurricane Warning | Evacuation - Shelter | Emergency Car Kit
During a Hurricane Watch:
Know what hurricane WATCH means.
Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
- Check emergency home supplies. Check chain saw and spare supplies.
- Fuel your car or truck. Fill up the lawn mower spare fuel tank. Fill up the spare BBQ grill tank.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside radio and CB antennas.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
- Disconnect power to television antennas and lower or remove them.
- Review family evacuation plan with everyone present.
- 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.
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During a Hurricane Warning:
Know what hurricane WARNING means.
Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours.
- Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
- If in a mobile home, check tiedowns and evacuate immediately.
- Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
- Tape (cross fashion 'x') or cover large windows.
- Shelter and secure pets and animals.
- If you must go out, avoid using elevators.
- If outdoors find emergency shelter (not under a tree).
- If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines or streams (Flash flooding).
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If you must evacuate:
- Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
- Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
- If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
- Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.
- Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
- Quiet games, books, cards and favorite toys for children.
- Precious commodities before and after a storm: power, banks may be closed, credit cards unaccepted, and ATMs may not work).
- Lock up home and leave.
Should you go to a shelter...?
If you or your family have health problems, or if you live in a low, inaccessible, or particularly exposed area, or in a mobile home, you should plan on going to a refuge shelter as soon as you hear that the one near you is open. Bring a non-perishable food and drink supply along with a blanket, pillow, medicines, flashlight, extra clothing, etc. Intoxicants and pets are not permitted in a refuge shelter. If transportation is required call your local emergency or disaster headquarters. (Listen to your radio or watch television for shelter openings)
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Prepare an emergency kit for your car:
Have emergency disaster supplies on hand. Stock up today and store in a water-resistant container. Replenish as necessary, especially at the beginning of hurricane or storm season.
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries and spare bulb.
- Blanket, Booster cables, Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
- First Aid Kit and manual, rubber gloves.
- Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.
- Current Road Maps - Any Major Construction Projects in your Area...???
- Two (2) spare quarts motor oil, along with brake and steering fluid.
- Instant tire sealer and a roll of Electrical tape.
- Tire repair kit and tire air pump. Check your spare tire.
- Emergency Flares and a roll of toilet paper.
- Shovel - Regular or Folding.
- Tow Strap and/or Rope.
Source: Various Emergency Management Agencies
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