When a hurricane watch, warning is issued:
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to the area within 36 hours
Frequently monitor radio, TV, or hurricane hotline telephone numbers for official bulletins of the storm's progress.
Fuel and service family vehicles.
Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs. Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or plywood.
Store and secure outdoor lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans, garden tools, potted plants, etc.
Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects. Don't place your pet's bed below windows or shelving.
Check food and water supplies. Have clean, air-tight containers on hand to store at least two weeks of drinking water (about 14 gallons per person). Stock up on can provisions. Get camping stove with fuel.
Keep a small cooler with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items.
Check prescription medicines -- obtain at least 10 days supply.
Stock up on extra batteries for radios, flashlights, and lanterns and check for ample first aid supplies.
Have extra supply of cash on hand.
A hurricane warning means sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected in the warned area within 24 hours or less
Closely monitor radio, TV, or hurricane hotline telephone numbers for official bulletins.
Follow instructions issued by local officials.
Leave immediately if ordered to do so.
Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, filling up water containers, etc.
If evacuating, disconnect phone, gas and electricity as a precaution to prevent further damage. If evacuating, leave early and if possible, during daylight hours.
Evacuate areas that might be affected by storm surge flooding.
Leave all mobile homes in any case.
Notify neighbors and family members outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
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