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How to Prepare


1. Develop an evacuation plan.

Start planning where you would go and how you would get there if told to evacuate. Make sure everyone in your household knows your emergency plan. Click here for info on how to develop an evacuation plan.

2. Help your neighbor.

Did you know that 46% of individuals rely a great deal on their neighbors for help within the first 72 hours after a disaster? From putting up shutters to evacuating safely, you can play a large role in how your neighbors fare before, during and after a hurricane. Ask your neighbor if they need help!

3. Get an insurance check-up and keep insurance documents safe.

Standard homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding. Call your insurance company to see what kind of coverage you have and make sure your policy is up to date. Keep important documents (like copies of your ID and insurance policy) safe in a water-resistant place. Click here for more info.

4. Prepare & strengthen your home.

Bring in outside furniture or other large objects, such as trash cans. Pick up loose branches and other debris that could get swept by strong winds. Declutter drains and gutters. Consider hurricane shutters.

5. Check on your checklist.

Before there is a threat of a hurricane, make sure you have everything on your checklist (see checklist at the top of this page). Stock up on all the essentials you may need.

6. For individuals with disabilities:

If you or someone in your household is an individual with a disability, click here for information to help you prepare for an emergency.