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Heres what you can do to prepare for such an emergency Know What Hurricane WATCH and WARNING Mean - WATCH Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH usually within 36 hours - WARNING Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING usually within 24 hours Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan - Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate Choose several places--a friends home in another town a motel or a shelter - Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged - Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions If advised to evacuate do so immediately - Take these items with you when evacuating - Prescription medications and medical supplies - Bedding and clothing including sleeping bags and pillows - Bottled water battery-operated radio and extra batteries first aid kit flashlight - Car keys and maps - Documents including drivers license Social Security card proof of residence insurance policies wills deeds birth and marriage certificates tax records etc Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Including the Following Items - First aid kit and essential medications - Canned food and can opener - At least three gallons of water per person - Protective clothing rainwear and bedding or sleeping bags - Battery-powered radio flashlight and extra batteries - Special items for infants elderly or disabled family members - Written instructions on how to turn off electricity gas and water if authorities advise you to do so Remember youll need a professional to turn them back on Prepare for High Winds - Install hurricane shutters or purchase precut 12 outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home Install anchors for the plywood and pre-drill
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