Terms to Know
Hurricane Watch - A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.
Hurricane Warning - This means a hurricane is expected within 24 hours.
Storm Surge - A storm surge is a dome of water pushed ashore by hurricane-force winds
Storm Tide - In tidal areas, a storm tide is when a storm surge and the normal tide combines.
During a Hurricane Threat
- Stay tuned to radio or TV for updates.
- Shutter or board the windows in your home.
- Secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Stock up on food and water in case you must take shelter in your home.
- Fuel up your car in case an evacuation is ordered.
- Turn off utilities at the main valves or switches if instructed by authorities.
During a Hurricane
- Take refuge on the ground floor in a small central room or hallway.
- Get under a table or similar strong object.
- Keep away from windows and glass doors
- Close all inside doors. Brace all outside doors.
After a Hurricane
- Remain in a secure location until you are notified it is safe to leave.
- Do not drive unless necessary.
- Do not drink tap water until authorities say it is safe.
- Stay away from waterways until potential flooding has passed.
- Report downed power lines, broken glass, sewer lines, and water lines to proper officials.
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Report any damage to your insurance agent.