Tropical Storm/Hurricane
Watch Preparation
Tropical Storm/Hurricane Watch Preparation

Secure your home

1. Install shutters, storm panels or plywood over all windows, doors, open vents.
2. Insert wedges in all doors and sliding patio doors. Wedge and secure normal doors.
3. Secure garage doors and porch doors. Back the car in the garage, against the closed door.
4. Lower television and radio antennas.
5. Protect appliances and furniture by elevating them off the floor and covering them with plastic. Move valuables to upper floors.
6. Set the refrigerator thermostat to maximum cold, and don't open unless necessary.
7. Recharge appropriate equipment, such as cellular phones, batteries.

Secure your outdoor property

1. Remove loose objects from the yard and patio.
2. Prune dead or dying tree limbs.
3. Tie down any large objects that cannot be brought in, such as propane tanks.
4. Close all outside electrical outlets and cover with duct tape.

Prepare your "Hurricane Disaster Supplies Kit"

1. Purchase fresh and extra batteries for radio and flashlights.
2. Make as much ice as can be stored in available freezer space.
3. Refill prescription medications and obtain an extra supply of special medications or supplies.
4. Purchase additional nonperishable food that does not need cooking. Don't forget pet food or special dietary supplies.

Additional action

1. Keep your vehicle(s) filled with gas.
2. Get extra cash from the bank.
3. Review your evacuation plans with your family and decide how to reach emergency assistance.

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning Preparation

Quickly complete all chores listed under "Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch Checklist"
1. You should plan to arrive at the shelter or stay indoors no later than the expected arrival time of tropical storm force winds. Determine whether to evacuate or stay.
2. If you are in an area under an official evacuation order, you should evacuate.

If You Plan To Evacuate:

1. Turn off main gas valve to house.
2. Sterilize, then fill water containers, sinks and bath tubs, then turn off main water valve to house.
3. Close drapes and lock all windows and doors.
4. Lower awnings, if any.
5. Make plans for your pets but keep in mind too that shelters do not accept pets.
6. Load Hurricane Disaster Supplies Kit into car or in a suitable box.
7. Take personal papers, insurance documents, driver's license, property inventories with you in a water-proof container.
8. Turn off electricity at main box.
9. Plan to leave and get to evacuation site during daylight hours.
10. Drive or walk safely to evacuation site.

If You Plan To Stay In Your Home:

1. Turn off main gas valve to house.
2. Sterilize, then fill water containers, sinks, and bath tubs, then turn off main water to house.
3. Close drapes and lock all windows and doors.
4. Lower awnings, if any.
5. Use phone only for emergencies.
6. Put personal papers, insurance documents, drivers license, property inventories in a water-proof container and keep near you.
7. Turn off electricity at main box before the storm hits, then use flashlights.
8. Stay indoors in the middle of the house, away from windows and doors.
9. Beware of the calm conditions when the eye passes overhead. Stay indoors until the entire storm has passed.

The Checklist  (Items to have on hand in the event of severe tropical storms )

1. Car tank filled with gasoline.
2. Extra ice in freezer.
3. Special infant needs - diapers, bottles and formula, medicine.
4. Camera and film; extra batteries.
5. Extra drinking water.
6. Tub filled with water.
7. Pets inside or otherwise protected.
8. Loose outside objects stored or secured.
9. First-aid kit and manuals.
10. Tree branches cut.
11. TV antenna taken down.
12. Fire extinguisher.
13. Flashlight or lantern, extra batteries.
14. Radio, extra batteries.
15. Raingear, change of clothing; heavy/sturdy shoes; work gloves.
16. Extra cash/credit cards.
17. Personal hygiene items.
18. Medications and specific medical information.
19. Pantry well stocked: canned goods, dry milk, dry cereals and baby food, powered drinks, bread; non-electric can opener; plastic utensils; garbage bags..
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