Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

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Hurricane & Tropical Storm Preparation Resources

Hurricanes and tropical storms are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, poser outages and downed power lines, and flooding. Be prepared before the storm hits. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. Driving might not be possible after the storm—your car might be damaged and roads may be flooded or blocked.

Please remember to check in on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled, to ensure they are safe.

Preparedness Resources

Hurricane Watch

A hurricane watch is issued when hurricane conditions (sustained winds of at least 74 mph or higher) are possible in the area within 48 hours.

  • Prepare your home (de-clutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture).
  • Fully charge cell phones and battery packs.
  • Review your plan for evacuation in case a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued.
  • Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and function needs or pets.
  • Listen closely to instructions from local officials.

Hurricane Warning

A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected within 24 hours.

  • Complete storm preparations.
  • Immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

After the Hurricane/Tropical Storm

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check with family and friends to tell them you are safe and find out if they are safe.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Watch out for debris.
  • Stay away from downed power lines!
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hid dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property (ex: using a tarp to cover a damaged roof). Insurance companies may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.