What Should I Do If There Is A Hurricane?
The best way to protect yourself and your family from the effects of a hurricane is to be prepared.
Before the Storm:
- Plan and practice evacuation routes. Your community may have a designated route, contact the local emergency management agency for details.
- Assemble a disaster supply kit (see below, or click on Family Preparedness Guide in 'Links to Related websites').
- Protect your windows.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. If family members get separated during a disaster it is helpful to have a friend or relative, outside the impacted area, who can be contacted and told everyone is ok.
During a Watch:
- Listen to radio WBZ 1030 am radio and television for hurricane reports.
- Check emergency supplies.
- Fuel car.
- Bring in objects such as toys or patio furniture. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure windows with shutters, boards or tape.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, etc.
- Review evacuation plan.
During a Warning:
- Listen constantly to radio or television for updates and instructions.
- If in a mobile home, evacuate immediately.
- Store valuables in waterproof containers on high levels to avoid water damage from flooding.
- Elevate furniture to protect it from water damage.
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
- Bring pre-assembled emergency supply kit and warm protective clothing.
- Lock up home and leave.
After the Storm:
- Stay tuned to local radio and television stations for information on returning to your home.
- Help injured or trapped people.
- Avoid loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to utility companies police or fire departments.
- Beware of animals, insects and snakes that may have entered your home.
- Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
- Check refrigerated foods for spoilage.
- Take pictures of the house and damaged goods for insurance claims.
- Drive only if necessary, rescue and maintenance crews need to be able to travel freely.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Foods (canned goods and nonperishable foods) that do not need cooking.
- Utensils, such as, a manual can opener, disposable plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, etc.
- Drinking water in non-breakable containers (1 gallon per person/day).
- Special dietary food if required.
- Identification, valuable papers, policies and photographs in a waterproof container.
- Personal hygiene items, such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth, towels, sanitary items.
- First aid kit
- Medications, prescriptions and over the counter, such as aspirin and antacid.
- Specific medical information.
- Personal aids, such as, eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes, etc.
- Infant care items, such as diapers, and formula.
- Books, magazines, toys.
- Battery-operated radio.
- Extra batteries.
- Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply.
- Sleeping bag or blanket, sheet and pillow.
- Change of clothing.
- Container for your disaster supply kit; should be waterproof.