Hurricane Guide

The 2020 Hurricane Help and Information Guide


The 5 Steps to Prepare

  1. Know Your Risk
  2. Build a Kit
  3. Have a Plan
  4. Stay Informed
  5. Get Involved


What to Do in the Event of a Tropical Cyclone

  • Review your five steps on your Pathways to Preparedness
  • Decide early whether you will evacuate, and where you will go if ordered to leave
  • Prepare your home
  • If you don’t live in an evacuation zone, find a safe room within your home (an interior room, closet or bathroom)
  • Do not go outside during the storm until the National Weather Service confirms the storm has left the area
  • Return home when local officials say it is safe
  • Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media
  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters

Preparing for an Emergency Kit

Basic Disaster Supply Kit

We recommend having the following items as part of your basic disaster supply kit:

  • Water: one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a weather radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Cash
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies and identification

Additional Supplies

Once your basic supply kit has been stocked, additional items to consider include:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Shot records for pet(s)
  • A carrier for each pet
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Paper and pen/pencil

Persons with Disabilities

By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. Inventory what you use every day to live independently. Identify the essential items you will need for at least three days. Stock custom essentials in your kit like:

  • Durable medical equipment
  • Assistive technology
  • List of medications
  • Contact information for doctors 
  • Have a method to communicate your impairments and needs
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