Taking steps early to prepare for a storm is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Hurricanes, heavy rain and winter storms can have a serious impact on your daily lives when they create flooding or power outages. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth experience should a storm affect you.

We invite you to take some time to read through the information below to best prepare for the next storm.

Create an Emergency Kit:

A basic emergency kit will help you keep your family safe and healthy in the event of a disaster. Start collecting the following items a bit at time to make your supply shopping stress-free and budget-friendly:

  • Water- one gallon per day per person for both drinking and sanitation


Pro-tip: fill the bathtub with water to have an extra supply for sanitation should the water utility be compromised.

  • Nonperishable food and a manual can opener for canned goods
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio, with tone alert and extra batteries, if necessary.
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags with plastic ties for personal sanitation Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone and portable charger
  • Fresh gas stored in a cool, well-ventilated area
  • Important papers such as property deed
  • Cash
  • Games like cards, books or board games

Make an Evacuation Plan:

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An evacuation could separate you and your family along the way. That’s why it is important to make a plan to reconnect. Discuss the following with your family before a storm hits:

  • How are you going to receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • Are you going to evacuate to a shelter? If so, where?
  • What evacuation route do you plan to take?
  • How will you communicate during and after the evacuation?


There are a variety of apps available to share locations between friends and family. The Red Cross has a hurricane app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Tidy Up Outside the Home

High winds can cause loose items outside the home to act as projectiles, damaging you or your neighbors’ homes

  • Store furniture and outdoor plants in a garage or other solid structure
  • Clean up any debris outside of the home
  • Park boats and other vehicles or equipment in a safe location


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