Hurricane Checklist - Before the Storm

Published: Jun. 3, 2016 at 9:29 PM CDT
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  • Know the hurricane risks for your area.
  • Find out if your home is subject to storm surge flooding.
  • Inspect your property for potential problems that may arise during a hurricane.
  • Consider installing permanent protection for your windows. Learn how to install any manual window protection that you may have so that you can do so quickly if a hurricane threatens the area.


  • If you own a boat, plan ahead where you will put it in case of a weather emergency.  


  • Investigate flood insurance. Your local Emergency Management office or insurance agent can inform you about the National Flood Insurance Program. 
  • Inventory your property by making a list, taking photographs, or making a video. Store in a secure, dry place like your safety deposit box. 


  • Devise an emergency communications plan with your family so that you will know what to do in the event you are separated.
  • Also, ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be the family contact. If family members need to call this person, it will be easier since local lines may be disrupted. 
  • Make sure that family members know how to respond during a hurricane emergency. Teach them how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. 


  • Plan your evacuation route to an area well inland. This plan should include information about the safest routes and nearby emergency shelters.
  • Check how long it will take you to reach your safe area during peak evacuation traffic. 
  • Make advance arrangements for pets. EMERGENCY SHELTERS CANNOT TAKE PETS! 


  • Consider purchasing UV resistant tarps and other tools needed to make temporary repairs. 
  • Gather your disaster supplies. Prepare for the worst, get enough applicable supplies for at least 3 days. See PREPARING AN EVACUATION KIT for a list of disaster supplies to include in your kit.